Best of Summer Recipes | Meal Plan Menu (7/19/21)

Best of Summer Recipes | Meal Plan Menu (7/19/21)

This week, we’ve got a Best of Summer meal plan menu. We’ll share a chicken yakitori recipe with a delicious yakitori sauce, a lamb burger recipe with an easy summer salad on the side, a panzanella salad recipe, and a recipe for pesto pasta with chicken kebabs (serve your chicken on sticks or off!). 

  • By Leila Kalmbach
  • July 16, 2021


Chicken Yakitori Stir-Fry with Broccoli and Rice

This savory chicken yakitori stir-fry is a little bit sweet with a slight bite from fresh ginger. You’ll make a rich yakitori sauce that gets simmered with broccoli, celery, and coleslaw mix, then tossed with seared chicken and sesame seeds. You’ll serve it over fresh steamed rice with an optional drizzle of hot sauce. Have veggies in the fridge that need to get used? This meal makes it easy to swap in whatever veggies you prefer!

Meal Planning Smarts:

Diet Variation:

  • Use tamari instead of soy sauce in the gluten-free version of this meal. 
  • For a paleo twist, sub cauliflower rice, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and honey for the rice, soy sauce, mirin, and brown sugar.
  • Use tofu instead of chicken for a vegetarian option. 


Lamb and Feta Burger with Arugula and Watermelon Salad

This is not your average burger! In this lamb burger recipe, ground meat gets mixed with seasonings and feta cheese, then cooked on the grill (or stovetop, if you prefer), and is served on toasted hamburger buns with crisp romaine and homemade roasted eggplant and red pepper walnut pesto. It’s served with an easy summer salad of arugula, watermelon, and crumbled feta in a maple syrup balsamic vinaigrette. Coming in at 50 minutes of prep and cook time, this high-protein meal can make your Tuesday night special — or save it for a weekend barbecue with friends.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Double the roasted red pepper and eggplant pesto to save time when making Thursday’s chicken kebabs.
  • Use fresh basil in this meal and for the pesto that goes with Thursday’s meal to make sure none go to waste.
  • Chop leftover patties to fill Greek-style pita wraps.

Diet Variation:

  • Use gluten-free hamburger buns in the gluten-free variation on the meal.
  • Skip the hamburger buns and the feta and you’ll still have plenty to fill you up in the paleo version of the meal.
  • In the vegetarian version, you’ll make a Lentil and Feta Burger, using ingredients such as raw cashews, eggs, flour, and onions to add extra flavor and keep your patties together.

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Tuna Panzanella with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Mixed Greens

This classic Italian bread salad of vegetables and toasted bread gets a dinnertime upgrade by adding additional summer produce, such as cucumbers, red onion, and tomatoes, as well as white beans and canned tuna for a satisfying complete meal. You’ll toast torn baguette or ciabatta pieces in the oven until golden brown and crisp, similar to croutons but less dry. By tossing them with the salad just before serving, the bread will soak up the balsamic vinaigrette and juice from the tomatoes, but still retain some of that delicious crunch.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Leftover cubed bread freezes well, so pack some in the freezer for future panzanellas (it’ll definitely be on the dinner rotation!).

Diet Variation:

  • Use your favorite gluten-free bread in the gluten-free version of this meal. 
  • Skip the bread and white beans in the paleo version of the meal, and round out the salad with the addition of green beans.
  • Skip the tuna and add green beans in the vegetarian version.


Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Pesto and Pasta

Pesto pasta with chicken skewers just screams summer, doesn’t it? You’ll marinate the chicken for these kebas in a simple marinade of apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and oil, then cook them on the grill. (Don’t like your chicken on sticks, or running short on time? We’ll give you stovetop directions as well.) Then toss pasta with a delicious homemade eggplant and red pepper pesto; if you made this pesto on Tuesday, this meal will come together very quickly! Finish the pasta off with a sprinkle of fresh chopped basil and you’re ready to eat.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Turn leftover grilled chicken into fried rice or a vegetable and chicken stir-fry.

Diet Variation:

  • Use tamari and gluten-free pasta in the gluten-free version of this meal. 
  • In the paleo version, use honey and coconut aminos in the marinade instead of brown sugar and soy sauce, then make zucchini noodles instead of pasta.
  • You’ll make Grilled Halloumi and Mushroom Skewers instead of chicken in the vegetarian version of the meal.

All meals come with gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps. Join our weekly meal plan service to get the grocery list, dinner steps, and more cooking tips for these 4 simple dinners.

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