It’s time to get a head start on your meal plan for next week. From a 15-minute summer pasta to slow cooker ribs for all of the summer taste without any of the work, we’ve got 5 quick and easy weeknight meals that will get you through the week. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over.
We’re keeping cool through soaring temps by feasting on cold noodles. This recipe for Cold Soba Noodle Salad from my cookbook Make It Easy is one of my kids’ favorite meals, and not just for #MeatlessMonday. I love it, too, especially since it’s an entirely make-ahead meal.
Chicken Tawook Quinoa Bowls | What’s Gaby Cooking
I’ve returned to an old serving trick that I used to use when my boys were toddlers: put it on a stick! Guess what? It still totally works. After last week’s major Steak Kebabs with Chimichurri success, I’m ready to try these Chicken Tawook Quinoa Bowls at What’s Gaby Cooking (pictured). It sounds fancy, but don’t worry: This is just deliciously marinated chicken on a stick with quinoa, hummus and tzatziki (both of which can be store-bought), and no-cook cucumbers and avocado. A complete one-bowl meal!
This Summer Vegetable Pasta recipe at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook had me at 15-minutes. That’s right, this comes together in a quarter of an hour. You’d think it couldn’t get better, except it does with all those summer veggies! Corn, zucchini, and tomatoes are pretty innocuous as far as veggies go, but you can always switch it up to include your kids’ favorites. You can even throw in some sausage. Just saying.
Tuscan Tuna Salad | Better Homes and Gardens
We take staying cool very seriously here at Cool Mom HQ, which is why we’re all about no-cook meals right now. The Tuscan Tuna Salad at Better Homes and Gardens that we found while scoping no-cook dinners is dead easy and totally delicious. This week, we’re thinking of adding a little crumbled feta for extra protein and a loaf of crusty bread dipped in olive oil and salt for extra heft.
Slow Cooker Ribs | Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
We’re well into summer and not once have we had ribs. That’s just wrong and I’m fixing things this week. The thing is, I am not up for slow cooking anything in this heat, which is why I’m trying these Slow Cooker Ribs at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (pictured). Let your slow cooker do the work while you boil corn on the cob (using our unexpected, foolproof method) and slice up a Peach, Tomato, and Beet Salad.