Easy & Quick Summer Meals

It’s hot out and you don’t want to cook. Here are some quick and easy meals with minimal cooking required!

  • Grinders/Wraps
    Cut up some peppers, lettuce, pickles, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and cheese and serve with some cold cuts and rolls and let the family make their own hoagies. My mother used to have all the ingredients ready in the fridge all summer long!Indian chicken tikka wrap
  • Bento Boxes (build your own Lunchables)
    A Bento Box, common in Japanese cuisine, is a single-portion meal usually served in a box-shaped container with four to six compartments. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables. To recreate your own version, choose a variety of cold cuts, crackers and fruit and have the kids build their own bento boxes. For instance you might choose pepperoni, cheese, grapes and crackers for a quick snack; or rice, chicken and grilled veggies for a heartier portion.
  • Breakfast
    There’s nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner once in a while. It can be as easy as cereal and some fruit or scramble some eggs with sausage and toast.
  • Smoothies
    Freeze some bananas and add some yogurt, berries and protein powder for a cool treat. Try a cinnamon, banana, plain yogurt and peanut butter smoothie. Yum. (add a little cayenne pepper for some kick)
  • Pasta or Potato Salad
    Boil some pasta and add mayonnaise, peppers, onions, black olives, tuna or cubed ham and cheese for a one-dish meal. Or start with some boiled potatoes and add veggies and boiled eggs for a nice potato salad (add a little mustard for tang).
    Vegetable salad on wooden background
  • Cobb Salad
    Start with a big bed of lettuce or spinach and add rows of boiled eggs, chopped ham, avocado, cheese and tomato for a fun summer treat.
  • Sushi
    Roll some cucumbers, avocado, and imitation crab meat in rice, or try this recipe for Quick and Easy Pickle, Ham & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups. For a fun desert, roll a banana in granola and coconut, cut into sushi bites and top with sliced strawberries.
  • Cucumber Sandwiches
    A favorite of mine! Made with cucumbers (even better if they are fresh from the garden), soft white bread, mayonnaise and a little salt and pepper. Fresh tomato optional.
  • Fruit Salad
    It’s too hot for a heavy meal. Cut up your favorite fruits and berries for a refreshing treat!

Fruit salad

Shopping List:

  • Meat: pepperoni, ham, chicken salad, fried chicken, roast beef, tuna, cold cuts
  • Berries: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries
  • Nuts: walnuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios
  • Seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax seeds
  • Fruit: banana, apples, oranges, grapes, raisins, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, tomatoes, pineapple
  • Veggies: spinach, kale, avocado, pepper, onions, lettuce, potato, cucumber, carrots, celery
  • Dairy: yogurt, cheese sticks, sliced cheese
  • Eggs
  • Bread: crackers (Triscuts, Wheat Thins), pita chips, tortilla, chips, sub rolls, wraps
  • Pasta & Rice
  • Other: chocolate, humus, tabbouleh, pickles, black olives, salad dressing, mustard, mayonnaise, popsicles


3 Responses to “Easy & Quick Summer Meals

  • This is awesome – very informative

    • Amanda Bridge
      3 years ago

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  • I love reading recipes for new ideas, I enjoyed this article for some new summer ideas for quick meals.


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