7 No-Heat, Easy, Family-Friendly Summer Meal Ideas
I am not talking about Pinterest’s fancy, expensive meal plans here. This article comes at you from the heart of one hot, exhausted mother to another. I’m not a fan of blowing the budget at the grocery store week after week, and yet, somehow it happens. Having kids decide that they are starving -like, could die of hunger- every 42 minutes of the summer days is enough to drive a mother mad. I’m pretty sure that my days are consisting of meal prep, meal serving, meal cleaning, and kitchen cleaning – about 5-8 times a day. My wallet and my patience need a little breathing room. I have decided to stick with a pretty basic meal plan for the rest of summer. I picked out about 8 meals to rotate through that do require cooking, but I make them in bulk and have enough for two dinners at a time. That being said, it is hot here, and I really don’t want to stand over the stove or have the oven going every day. The following meal ideas can be used for lunch or dinner. They can be packed in a cooler and taken out and about for sporting events, picnics, or playdates. A few are ‘Party-Worthy,’ but most are just plain easy. Please don’t judge me on these meals! As long as all include high-quality (organic or as close as possible) food items, I don’t feel guilty – and neither should you. My crockpot, oven, stove, and every other heat-producing gadget gets plenty of love, so they all deserve a nice little vacation!