In The Kitchen Meal Plans

Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: June Week 2

This week's meal plan is about keeping it simple and easy, and inviting friends over! Indulge in a New England clambake or a juicy bison burger. Every recipe is easy to scale up or down.

June Meal Plan Week 2

This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and wife to a newly-retired soldier!

Summer vacation has barely started and I’m already on the verge of losing my sanity. With no schoolwork to keep the kids’ minds occupied, we’re in the kitchen learning life skills and getting meals knocked out in one fell swoop.

Light and easy dinners are popular in my Central Texan home. Cutting down on oven use, which heats up the house unbearably, is important to maintaining everyone’s good attitude. Heat = irritability.

I’m also doing my best to introduce new cuisines and types of food, like Vietnamese-Style Noodles, while keeping favorites, such as Chicken Piccata, close at hand.

  • Summer Squash Green Chile Stir Fry

    Summer Squash Stir Fry
    Elise Bauer

    Cut down on the prep time of this recipe by picking up sliced veggies from your grocer’s salad bar. The fact that it’s a quick stir fry means you’re done cooking before the stove heats up your kitchen! Serve with steamed rice.

  • Grilled Italian Sausage with Peppers, Onions and Arugula

    Grilled Italian Sausage with Peppers, Onions, and Arugula
    Elise Bauer

    Take the heat outside and fire up the grill for these honey balsamic glazed sausages. I’m honing the twins’ knife skills by letting them prep the veggies for this meal.

  • Bison Burger

    Bison Burger
    Elise Bauer

    Buffalo is leaner than beef, so you get your favorite burger with less fat. If your family is sketchy about trying new foods, just tell them it’s a “burger.” Serve these with fries, chips, or just as a patty.

  • Chicken Piccata

    Chicken Piccata
    Elise Bauer

    My family loves chicken piccata, and since it’s easy to make, we are all in the kitchen working on its prep. Salad and pasta are the sides we prefer to enjoy it with.

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  • How to Do a New England Clambake at Home

    Clambake recipe
    Sally Vargas

    Don’t be intimidated with the thought of a clambake during the week. Enlist your fishmonger to clean your shellfish. The meal is ready to eat in less than an hour. Throw everything into one pot and set a table outside for an al fresco dinner with the family. Because this recipe is easily scaled up, consider inviting the neighbors to join you!