This is the season of unpredictable weather here in Michigan! It can be sunny, 80, and summer-like one day, followed by rainy, 50, and fall-like the next. Which can make meal planning tough, because who wants to eat a nice hot casserole on a steamy day or a cool crisp salad on a cold wet evening? Not me! So I have a few meal plans that are a little flexible to accommodate the changing seasons. Here’s my favorite ideas for summer to fall meals…
- Rotisserie Chicken. This is one of my faves year round because of how easy it is, but it especially works this time of year. Since this is often my version of take out, I can simply pick up sides to go with it that fit the weather. For warm days, I grab some potato salad and bean or broccoli salad. If the temps are cooler, I opt for mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.
- Burgers. The great thing about grilling burgers is that it is just as easy to grill them outside when it is nice, or on the George Foreman grill inside if it is crummy. And no matter what the weather, some fries or chips and a seasonal fruit work perfect for the side dishes!
- Cooked chicken. I can stick some chicken in the crockpot in the morning to cook all day, then decide when I get home how I would like to use it. Since I generally have the basic ingredients on hand for entrees like chicken and rice casserole or chicken salad, I can opt for either one depending on the temperature outside. And also, either one can be completed nicely with a side salad and some crescent rolls.
- Sandwiches. This is definitely a go-to flexible meal, because sandwiches are quick, versatile ,and portable. If we are blessed with one of those last nice days of the season, we can pack up some simple sandwiches and head to the park. If the day is more nasty than nice, we can pull out that handy George Foreman grill and make panini-style sandwiches and curl up inside!
On to my menu! Whew – the first week of school exhausted me!! Granted it involved things like a malfunctioning fire alarm while I was teaching, a football game that was rain delayed for well over two hours and didn’t end until almost midnight, a situation where I had to deal with a rather unpleasant person that I thought I was done having to deal with but unfortunately am not, and then all the usual tiring events of the first week of school! Hoping for a slightly less exhausting week! I’ll be linking up on I’m an Organizing Junkie if you’re looking for more meal planning ideas! I also often link up at Feeding Big. Or check out and follow my Yummy dinners board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my first post on meal planning, or my recent Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:
Breakfasts (we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)
Lunches (This school year, our district received a grant and school lunch is free for ALL students! So unless there is a day where my kids really don’t like either of the options, they will be eating the free lunch. Otherwise, I’ll probably just keep a couple Lunchables on hand for those rare pack-a-lunch days.)
If you’re looking for ideas for Peanut Free School Lunches, see my post from last year here.
• Monday – Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice, rolls (trying this one out!)
• Tuesday – Breakfast for dinner (eggs, bacon, toast, fruit)
• Wednesday – Fish & chips, peas
• Thursday – Pizza
• Friday – Game Day (It’s a long ride to the away game, so my birthday boy has requested McDonald’s)
• Saturday – Hamburgers, roasted potatoes, watermelon
• Sunday – Grilled chicken, pasta salad, watermelon
What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!
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