Five Days, Five Dinners: June 30-July4

June 29, 2014 | By | Comments (2)

Weeknight chaos can make putting a home-cooked meal on the table a daunting task. Don’t fret—we’ve designed this handy weeknight meal planner to help you stress less and chill out more. By using a few key ingredients and giving new life to leftovers, you can serve a delicious meal each night no matter what.

This week, we’re stuck on summer’s freshest flavors, whether it’s a bundle of juicy, plump tomatoes or ears of crisp, sweet corn. We’ve also created an easy, prep-ahead Fourth of July menu that’s perfect for a cookout. Make sure to stock your kitchen this week with plenty of garlic, lemons, and fresh herbs such as basil and mint.

This Week’s Plan:
Monday: Greek Turkey Burgers and Sweet Corn & Zucchini
Tuesday: Fresh Tomato-and-Asparagus Gnocchi and a simple green salad
Wednesday: Roast Chicken and Fresh Corn Quinoa
Thursday: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Friday: Happy 4th!
Best Beef Burgers
Summer Vegetable Kabobs
Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad
Red Velvet Berry Cobbler

Greek Turkey Burgers; Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Greek Turkey Burgers; Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Monday: Start the week on a lighter note with our Greek Turkey Burgers. The accompanying tangy yogurt sauce doubles as a crudité dip or as a spread inside pita pockets. Serve a quick sauté of Sweet Corn & Zucchini on the side but make a few simple swaps. Nix the taco seasoning mix and use leftover red onion from the turkey burger instead of sweet onion.

Fresh Tomato-and-Asparagus Gnocchi; Photo: Jennifer Davick

Fresh Tomato-and-Asparagus Gnocchi; Photo: Jennifer Davick

Tuesday: Fresh ingredients such as basil and garlic and seasonal veggies jazz up our speedy Fresh Tomato-and-Asparagus Gnocchi. On the side, toss leftover cucumber from Monday’s yogurt sauce with mixed greens and your favorite vinaigrette.

Roast Chicken;

Roast Chicken; Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Wednesday: Our Roast Chicken is a recipe you should always have at your arsenal—kosher salt, black pepper, olive oil, fresh lemon, and dried rosemary are all you’ll need. Serve the breasts in slices and save the legs and thighs for Thursday night’s dinner. Fresh Corn Quinoa dresses up everyone’s favorite whole-grain and lets you use up that last bit of mint from Monday night’s yogurt sauce.

Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad; Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad; Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Thursday: Tonight is quick, easy, and painless so you can get ready for your Fourth of July celebration. Leftover thigh and leg meat from last night’s dinner and bottled salad dressing make Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad a breeze. Prepare tomorrow’s cobbler tonight and prep veggies for the kabobs.

Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers; Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers; Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Red Velvet Berry Cobbler; Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Red Velvet Berry Cobbler; Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Friday: Happy Fourth of July! We’ve created a crowd-pleasing menu that’s sure to make your backyard or poolside shindig a hit. Opt for store-bought buns to save time on flavor-packed Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers. Pair them with our Summer Vegetable Kabobs and Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad to show off your best farmers market finds. For dessert, scoop our patriotic-colored Red Velvet Berry Cobbler into plastic cups and top with vanilla ice cream.

View this week’s menu on MyRecipes and create a shopping list with this week’s ingredients! 

COMMENTS

  1. Nealonmo Shepherd

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    July 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm
  2. gracesofthesouth

    Reblogged this on Graces of the South and commented:
    This is a great menu for a hot summer week in Texas. Made the turkey
    burgers tonight and they were great!

    July 1, 2014 at 8:09 pm

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