Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: August Week 2

Get your grill out! This meal plan is all about making the most of the great outdoors (even if it's only as far as your patio). Think juicy ribs, grilled garden pizza, rosemary-scented grilled fish, and spicy shrimp.

This week, please welcome Rachel Knecht and her meal plans! Rachel is a recipe tester here on Simply Recipes and the blogger behind Baking with Rachel.

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August was the time of year when our family of six would pack our little Oldsmobile and drive until we ended up at a wooded campground. As the sun went down, aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered around the campfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows.

Though not at a campground, our family cooks and eats outside as much as possible in summer. Food cooked over a fire seems especially satisfying.

As much as I like hamburgers and hot dogs, it seems a shame to not take advantage of the opportunity to explore other recipes. I love this week’s meals because they can be cooked in the great outdoors or in the comfort of your own kitchen.

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Grilled Branzino with vinaigrette

You had me at grilled fish! If you don’t have access to Branzino, don’t worry. This recipe works beautifully with walleye, Pacific rock cod, or a large Atlantic black sea bass! It serves two, so make sure you double up if you’re feeding a family.

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Country style Rib recipe - cooking country ribs slow and low

Saucy, tender pork ribs with only four ingredients? Count me in! Ribs are one of our family’s favorite meats to throw on the grill. These country ribs are hearty, which cuts down on the number it takes to feed a crowd. Serve with Three Bean Baked Beans, Southern Cornbread, and lots of napkins.

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Shrimp Fajitas Recipe

Bring on the heat with this mouth-watering dinner of bell peppers, onions, and shrimp. Coat in spices and sauté for just a few minutes in a cast-iron skillet and dinner is done. Feel free to adjust the spice level to fit your preferences. Serve with tortillas and all the toppings you can haul in the cooler.

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How to make pizza on the grill

Pizza is a staple in our house, and being able to make it without turning on the oven is a huge bonus. I love that the ingredients in this pizza could all come straight from the garden—you can feel good about grabbing that second slice. Serve with this Caprese corn salad.

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Avocado Lettuce Tomato Sandwich

Why should breakfast get all the avocados? Toast bread, slice avocados, lettuce, and tomatoes, and let each person build their own sandwich. If you so desire, cook up some bacon to add as an option. I bet no one would complain. Serve with crispy air fryer French fries.

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Rachel Knecht

Rachel tests recipes for Simply Recipes, teaches a kid's cooking class, and develops the content for Baking with Rachel.

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