Meal Plan for August Week 1

Here's your meal plan for August Week 1! We've got Cilantro Lime Chicken, Fish Taco Salad Bowls, a quick Mushroom Stir Fry, and more!

Meal Plan for August Week 1

The arrival of August elicits mixed emotions in me. On the one hand, it is the beginning of the last month of summer —the moment where we all start greeting each other with phrases like, “Where did the summer go?” (Please don't say that to me just yet.)

On the other hand, this is the month when some of the best produce of the year fills the markets. Simply prepared meals almost seem to make themselves if you let the vegetables and fruits do the talking.

So I try to keep the time in the kitchen short, the level of ease high, the ingredients to a minimum, and the flavors clean.

A number of these recipes call for marinating, so read through the recipes and plan for that. The good news? When you get home, the food can go right onto the grill (or into the oven or a pan), and dinner is that much closer!

  • Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken on plate
    Elise Bauer

    Many of us default to boneless skinless chicken breasts when it comes to figuring out dinner on the grill, but we often end up with dry meat. A flavorful and simple-to-make marinade with lime juice ensures that this chicken ends up moist and tender. Switch out the cilantro for another herb if it’s not your thing.

  • Mushroom Stir Fry with Peas and Green Onions

    Mushroom Stir Fry with Peas and Green Onions
    Elise Bauer

    My family thinks a good stir fry knows no season, and this one is vegetarian, which is a nice chance of pace if you are a meat-eating family (make sure to use vegetable broth). Mushrooms, sugar snap or snow peas, and scallions get glazed with a slight sweet, slightly spicy sauce featuring ginger, garlic, chili, and sesame. You can change up the vegetables, depending on what looked good at the market that day, or what is in the fridge. Serve this over fluffy rice.

  • Citrus-Brined Grilled Pork Chops

    Grilling Pork Chops
    Nick Evans

    The brining process couldn’t be easier, and it results in pork chops that are truly tender – reassuring to those of us who thinking that cooking pork on the grill might result in tough or dry chops. The meat is dusted with a super easy 4-ingredient rub right before it hits the flames for extra flavor. Serve with Grilled Mexican Street Corn.

  • Fish Taco Salad Bowl

    Salad bowl with fish recipe
    Cheyenne Cohen

    We are huge fish taco fans in our house, and this recipe takes all of those favorite flavors and translates them into that most popular of meal formats – the bowl! (Don’t worry – it comes with tortilla chips on the side for scooping). Sautéed fish is the star, though if you are inclined to grill that fish, you will be in for another smoky level of flavor – use a fish grilling rack so you don’t lose any of the fish to the fire.

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  • Grilled Flank Steak with Mushrooms

    Grilled Flank Steak with Mushrooms
    Elise Bauer

    Ending the week with a steak dinner always makes it feel like your ending on a high note. Slicing it thinly after letting it rest ensures that it’s wonderfully tender, and serve it with mushrooms for a complete meal. If the grill isn’t available to you, the broiler will work, too.

  • Blueberry Cake

    Blueberry Cake
    Elise Bauer

    Bonus! Make this Blueberry cake for Friday night dessert or a weekend baking project!