A Simple Summer Dinner Plan


DSCF4073A relaxing family dinner helps hold together the chaotic, “unscheduled,” busy days of summer like nothing else, but who wants to do all of that planning and elaborate cooking in the summer?  Not me.

So here is my simple solution:  having a planned menu without all of the planning.

What am I talking about?  A planned menu that you use week after week after week, all through summer.  I have done this for the past few summers, and it has worked great for our family!

Mine looks like this, but you can use what works best with your family and your relaxed, summer schedule.

(As usual, I post it on my refrigerator to serve as a reminder to me and my family.  I also keep this schedule in mind when I make my weekly trip to the grocery store.)

How does your family do summer menu planning?

Copyright 2014 Tami Kiser


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Tami is the author of Smart Martha's Catholic Guide for Busy Moms and the founder of SmartMartha.com. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and family. Tami runs the online CatholicConference4Moms, Smart Martha ministry, CatholicFamilyCelebrations.com, CatholicMosaic.com, and teaches dance classes. Thinking like a Smart Martha has helped her to constantly seek to “sit at Christ’s feet” even in the midst of piles of laundry and sinks of dirty dishes.


  1. I’ve always shied away from planned menus (like in the women’s magazines, etc) because they were “too” planned. But your idea seems much more flexible, sort of a general framework. When summer comes around, that’s when I start trying to figure out what I can make that doesn’t require the oven. (Except for the occasional cool summer evening, where we drop everything and make homemade pizza. We always look forward to those days.) Maybe I can model something after your idea to make life a little easier, at least where dinner is concerned. Thanks!

  2. The only “fixed” items in my family’s meal schedule are pasta on Wednesdays and meatless meals on Fridays. Like Monica, my summer dinner plan is more weather-dependent than anything. But I think my kids would enjoy the structure in a framework like this.

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