This week’s weekly meal plan recommendations are here, and we’ve found some easy meals to get you through the rest of the week all using July’s best, freshest produce. Pretty much all your summer veggies are coming in strong this month, so all your berries, melons, tomatoes, greens, peppers and summer squash will make some great dinners. Yay for summer!
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With peaches in season right now — and it seems like a peach truck on every corner where I live — this Stone Fruit salad with Mint Honey Vinaigrette at Crumb Top Baking would make a delicious dinner. I don’t think it would be too hard to convince my kids to eat this “salad” covered in their favorite fruit, although it might get a little sweet for my taste as a main course. You could always grill some fish or meat to go with it.
My tomatoes are growing my vegetable garden in the back yard, but I don’t have the patience to let them turn red — especially when these Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches at Our Salty Kitchen are an option. Because I eat vegetarian, I substitute tofu (sliced thin and pan fried) for the bacon, and I like a little spicy brown mustard on mine too. But, either way, these are so good.
Dark leafy greens are ready to eat right now too, and these Summer Stuffed Shells with Creamy Fontina Sauce at Nerds with Knives is a nice variation from another salad. They’re rich and creamy and packed with vitamins and minerals like iron. Plus, you’re getting about 10 grams of protein between the Swiss chard and peas, whoo! You could also add chicken to the recipe if you wanted, or serve it on the side.
Fresh peppers are going to be at perfection this month, and these Stuffed Poblano Peppers at Dinner at the Zoo look like a delicious way my whole family will want to eat them. (If they’re not cramming red peppers in their faces raw, that is.) I imagine you could also make this with bell peppers or any other mild pepper you happen to have on hand.
If you would like to just cram every current in-season veggie into one dish, this Pasta Primavera at Evolving Table is the one to try. You could also grab a rotisserie chicken to add to it as well, if you think your family would like some meat in there too.
This is the perfect time of year for cobblers, the best dessert of summer in my opinion. This recipe for Blueberry Cobbler at Life’s Little Sweets looks amazing, but you could also switch out for peaches, blackberries, or pretty much any other in-season berry. If you have the time, take your kids to a farm to pick your own. It’s a memory they’ll cherish.