Summers are for being together with your family and friends, relaxing and enjoying the warmer weather while you can. Where we live, the sun doesn’t set until well after 9pm during the month of July. In fact, fireworks for the 4th can’t even start until after 10:15 most years. It’s crazy!
Late sunsets means late nights for my kids. Most nights you will find my kids running around, riding bikes and playing with their friends until well after 9pm. And that means dinners are usually a smorgasbord of fix-what-you-want and leftovers. They come in at all different times to snack and eat in between games or laps around the block.
Even though we allow them to snack and eat what they want, we still try to follow a loose menu plan. I need a general idea of what we’ll eat over the week so we can do our shopping. Even if we stray from the original plan, we have ingredients on hand that we have to use, which in turn helps keep our budget down.
And of course, as weather permits, we grill out or cook over an open fire. My kids love to grill their own hot dogs over an open fire or create their own foil dinner with their favorite ingredients. They even like to change up their hot dogs on occasion. And don’t forget the S’mores!
Special Meals for the Month
Just as July gets underway, we have Independence Day here in the United States. July 4th is typically a day people have off work and spend with family and friends. We love our day of rest, barbecues, patriotic sweets & treats and fireworks.
July is usually one of the hotter months of the year, which means many people try not to use their ovens so as not to add heat to the home. If you have one, an air fryer is a great way to reduce the heat in your home and still have tasty meals. These breakfast recipes are a great place to start!
Choose from Two Meal Plans
The regular meal plan includes slow cooker meals on Sundays and Wednesdays, for a break in the kitchen or those busy days. There are a variety of soups to get you through those chilly nights as we welcome in spring and some salads to break it up just a bit.
Or choose the Instant Pot Meal Plan. On this plan I have included some delicious winter and festive meals with a variety of meats (fish, chicken, pork, beef), plus a few salads. Also, the suggestions for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and desserts at the bottom are all Instant Pot recipes!
As always, feel free to move any of the recipes around as needed to fit your family’s schedule. However, you can combine the two for more variety. And if you’d like to switch up some of the Slow Cooker Meals to an Instant Pot recipe, check out this Instant Pot beginners post for a great link to help!
There is a variety of meats (fish, chicken, beef, pork) as well as soups and salads (on both plans) to keep the whole family happy. My hope each month is that you will find some new favorites to add to your own must have rotation.
You can download each meal plan by clicking on the corresponding images below.