Meal Plans For The Summer: 15 Minutes Or Less!

Meal Plans For The Summer: 15 Minutes Or Less!

Summer is pretty much here!!

I’ve got the tan lines to prove it. Unfortunately, those tan lines are from rubber boots (hey, I don’t like to be stepped on by calves and horses) and shorts- thank goodness this isn’t a fashion blog.

When summer is here, I feel like doing zero cooking. And I mean zero. I just want to survive on watermelon and whatever other fruit is in season.

Too bad everyone else in the family still wants to eat.

With all the nice weather I don’t want to be stuck inside cooking anymore than absolutely necessary.

When winter time is here, I tend to get into that cozy baking mode. You know, the mode where you make cinnamon rolls and eat a pan in a day…

I’ve been compiling a list of quick meals that you can use in the summer so you can save time!


About the meal plan:

Several of these recipes require similar ingredients that will simplify your grocery shopping. (tortillas, cilantro, etc.) I like keeping grocery lists short and sweet thanks to my little helpers. 😉

Three of the recipes require chicken: if you want to save yourself even more time, go ahead and cook all of it on the first night you make a chicken recipe!

Also, it’s designed to feed 3-4; if you’re feeding more you’ll probably have to double the recipe!

15-Minute meal plan for the summer

Fifteen Minute Meal Plans For The Summer:

1. Corn and Black Bean Salsa

  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can Black beans
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 TBS Cilantro
  • 1-2 TBS Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • Optional: Tortillas
  1. Throw everything in a bowl and mix it up.  That’s it.

We love to wrap it up in tortillas or you can eat it straight like a bean salad.  We might be addicted….


2. Quick Stir Fry

This is the bare minimum of stir fry.  No fancy ingredients, just things you’ll probably find in your fridge.

  • 1 onion
  • 3 peppers, (green, red, yellow if you like variety.)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 pound chicken, beef, or whatever meat you have cut into thin slices.
  • Garlic salt
  • Olive oil
  • Tortillas
  1. Warm up a pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil in it over medium high heat.
  2. While the pan is warming slice the onion, green pepper, and meat.
  3. Throw all of it in the pan and sprinkle garlic salt on top.  This cooks fast so make sure you stir often to keep from burning.
  4. Throw it in a tortilla or on top of rice and it’s ready to eat!


3. BBQ Chicken Pizza

  • 2-3 tortillas
  • BBQ sauce
  • Chicken, cooked and cubed or shredded
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • Cilantro
  • 1/2 purple onion, chopped.
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Lay your tortillas on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Spread BBQ sauce on top.
  4. Sprinkle chicken over the tortilla than top with the cilantro and chopped onion.
  5. Spread cheese over the pizzas.
  6. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.


4. Pesto Pasta

  • Noodles (I use different noodles every time. It depends on what I find in the pantry.)
  • 4-5 TBS Olive oil
  • 5 TBS Pesto
  • 3 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Optional: Cooked Chicken (cubed or shredded)
  1. Cook your noodles according to directions on package. (if you decide to make your own noodles this will take longer than fifteen minutes!)
  2. Warm up olive oil, pesto, chicken, and garlic in a deep dish pan.
  3. Once noodles are cooked, drain and add them into the pan with the pesto and stir around until completely coated.
  4. Place on plate and top with Parmesan cheese and it’s ready to go!
  5. Note: the amount of pesto you use varies on how strong it is.  Test taste it first and make sure you don’t overload it!

I hope these four meals help you with some quick summer dinners. You can still eat good fresh dinners without the hassle!! 

Coming Soon:  It’s here!!!

Remember that time when I talked about quitting my Shopify store?

Remember how I said the only reason I didn’t do it was my lack of time?

Well, I decided it was something I really, truly wanted to pursue. So I’ve been working on managing my time more effectively, learning to say no to certain things, and not taking on every project I think of. (The curse of an overactive mind.)

After rearranging how I do life at home, combined with simplified minimalist living, I’ve found some time to do it. And the store will soon have meal plans!

If you want a sneak peak of the store, go check out The Planner Boutique!

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