7 Day Menu Planner: Summer Meals

Summertime is a beautiful time of year for fresh produce of all kinds. A cook should feel like a kid in a candy store in the summer months. Here are a week's worth of recipes that take advantage of all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are at our fingertips.

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Summertime really is a cook’s playground and this week’s 7 Day menu planner for Summer Meals is full of fun. There’s grilled fruit, a hearty salad, Friday night burgers and decadent ribeyes on Sunday. The meals are colorful and pretty and any one of them could be kept casual for family or dressed up for dinner party guests. It’s all your call. Because there are so many vegetable and fruit options in the summer, feel free to swap and make substitutions based on what you can pick up at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. If it’s delicious and in season, it will be delicious in whatever meal you’re making.

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If you like planning your meals for week, you might also like to check out other weekly menu planners, including a 7-day plan for your air fryer or another 7 -day plan for your pressure cooker (or Instant Pot®). You can find all the Weekly Menu Planners here.


Monday: Pasta Primavera

This classic pasta dish is made with a colorful array of sautéed vegetables in a light Parmesan lemon sauce. Primavera, actually means “springtime” in Italian but you can use any vegetables found in the spring and early summer. This quick and easy dinner may have a long ingredient list, but it can still be served up in about 30 minutes.


Tuesday: Grilled Panzanella Salad 

You could make a meal out of this salad alone, or add a chicken breast – marinated and grilled or air-fried or breaded and pan-fried – or a simple salmon fillet. Either way, it is one of my favorite summer salads. When it’s summertime and you can grill the bread, it adds flavor and grill marks for added beauty points. The great thing about this salad is that it can sit for longer than most salads – it just gets better as the bread absorbs the vinaigrette.


Wednesday: Grilled Pork Chops with Peach BBQ Sauce

This delicious meal off the grill would go nicely with a side salad with perhaps some grilled peaches tossed in. The grocery list includes a range for the peaches (4 to 8) so that you can choose to buy more if you want to add the grilled peaches to the menu. It’s up to you, but if you find delicious peaches, buy 8. You can always have them in the morning with some granola. 


Thursday: Summer Ale Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Summer Corn

This is a great one-pan meal with one of my all-time favorite spice rubs flavoring the chicken perfectly. Make a big batch of the rub and put it on everything you want to grill or roast. It works on steak and pork just as well as it does on chicken.


Friday: Bourbon Bacon Burgers and Cucumber Salad with Creamy Vidalia Onion Dressing

It’s Friday night! Have a burger, but not just any burger… this bourbon bacon burger is over the top good and only made better with a refreshing side of cucumber salad


Saturday: Grilled Huli Huli Chicken with Basmati Rice and Grilled Vegetable

Take a few hours on Saturday to marinate this delicious chicken in the pineapple juice – soy marinade. Then, grill it outside and serve it over basmati rice along with any grilled vegetable you like. A few spears of grilled pineapple would be nice too.

 


Sunday: Smoke Spiced Grilled Ribeye with Baked Potatoes and Corn on the Cob 

This steak is a meat-lovers dream. It’s full of flavor and can stand alone, or top it with a compound butter like this Gorgonzola Shallot Butter. As for the baked potato and corn on the cob, you can cook these any way you like. Here are 5 ways to grill corn


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