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I’m not really a lover of summer meal planning, but boy does it make life easier and more affordable.  So I begrudgingly do it.  And if I’m going to work on this anyway, why not share it with you?  Hopefully my ideas will make your planning a little easier in some way.

For us, summertime meal planning involves a lot of grilling out.  (Which means more meat and more expense.  So I also try to plan some frugal meals for our more relaxed days.)  If I didn’t own a grill (and we went without one for a few years, so we’ve definitely been there), I would likely bake these meals in the oven or fry them on the stove.

This meal plan is for two weeks worth of meals in our home.  I try to keep things simple and repeat our favorite meals.


  • cereal
  • cinnamon rolls
  • banana bread
  • baked oatmeal


  • PB&J or lunchmeat sandwiches
  • leftovers
  • mac & cheese
  • quesadillas


  • grilled hamburgers and hot dogs x2
  • grilled brats and metts
  • grilled chicken breast x2
  • big salads
  • grilled pork chops
  • marinated baked chicken drumsticks
  • pizza x2
  • tacos x2
  • hamburger casserole
  • bbq hamburger sandwiches

Sides will include potatoes, noodles, or rice along with a big variety of chopped fresh veggies (yay for summer                     produce!)

Snacks and desserts

  • ice cream
  • strawberry shortcake
  • graham crackers
  • fresh fruit
  • rice cakes

So what’s on your summertime menu?  Leave a comment (or post your link if you blog) and help us reluctant meal planners out!

Shared at: Menu Plan Monday