Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks

Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo.

Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks - Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo.

Summer is in full swing. Weird schedules abound. Whether it’s camps, vacations, or trips to the pool, lake, or beach, routine is hard to come by. But, you gotta eat!

Yesterday I spent a very full afternoon in the kitchen. I baked and baked for the freezer. (Free printable freezer cooking plan forthcoming.) My uber-baking day will make tomorrow and the next day so much easier.

And that’s the thing I’ve learned about meal planning in the summer: I need to make it as easy as possible. If I make a meal plan and then do as much ahead of time as possible, we’re all happier. My kids are pretty good sports about waiting, but I know it makes them happier if they don’t have to wait too long. I’m working on that.

Below are some strategies that have helped our family over the years to combat hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo.

Make summer meals easy.

Check out these past posts to help you make summer meals quick and easy:

Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks - Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo.

12 Easy Meals to Make when There’s “Nothing” to Eat

I created this “back up plan” a few years ago and it’s been invaluable to me on those nights when I just don’t have the brain power (or the full fridge) to make an elaborate meal. These meals fill the gap with foods my family loves.

Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks - Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo.

Summer Lunch Ideas for Kids

Okay, so there’s no need to pack lunches now that summer’s here. But, man, it seems like kids are endlessly hungry during the summer months. Check out these tips so you’re prepared fifteen minutes after breakfast when they ask what’s for lunch.

Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks - Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo.

Easy Theme Night Dinners for Summer

I am a big believer in theme night dinners. If I choose 7 “themes” and just rotate recipes into those categories, meal planning happens in a flash. We’re never bored, and I don’t have to think too hard about what to feed my family. That means I can spend my thinking time on other more important things.

Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks - Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo.

Meal Planning for Hot Weather

On hot days, who wants to cook? Check out these ideas for taking the heat out of your hot weather meals.

Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks - Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo.

10 Easy No-Cook Suppers

Granted, some folks in your family might take some convincing to go for a no-cook supper. They get the job done and can be a great solution to meals on the go and nights when everyone’s too tired to trek to the kitchen. They also make great picnic meals.

What great idea do YOU have for easy summer meals?

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  1. I started doing build-your-own-salad night where I clean out the produce drawer and chop everything up small–like a chopped salad would be at a restaurant. For some reason, my 9 year-old will eat salad if everything is really chopped up. I just put any veggies I have separately in boys, cook up some already seasoned chicken and serve. It’s really easy, fresh and yummy!

  2. Yes, not only is meal planning more of a challenge during a busy, fun-filled summer, but it seems to me to be a little more expensive. I guess that’s because my garden isn’t producing yet. I do find that the more I mean plan and the sooner I start, the better off I am. This applies year round, but even more during the summer months. Thanks for the great resources!

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