Menu Plan: Lazy Summer Days

I’m not sure about you, but my family is having a lazy summer. This is our first summer in several years that we haven’t been traveling extensively or working on school throughout the summer. My teenagers are sleeping until mid morning and my younger kids aren’t waking up until after 8 am.

Our lazy schedule is also making for crazy mealtimes. Lunches have been pushed back because we are at the pool. Dinner is being served at 6:30 pm or later. This is quite a change for a family who usually operates on a strict schedule. While I thought not having a summer schedule wouldn’t affect my menu planning, I was wrong.

The lack of routine has made implementing our menus a little difficult. Kids eating breakfast and lunch at different times means that some kids are hungry for dinner at 5pm and others aren’t hungry until 7pm. The hungry children eat a snack then they aren’t hungry for dinner. A few nights dinner has been scrapped altogether and we’ve dined on smoothies and popcorn or sandwiches.

While I’ve enjoyed our laid back summer I have to admit there is a part of me that is looking forward to getting back into our school routine and meal schedule. What about your family? Is summer making it easier or harder to implement your menu plan?


French Toast

Served with sausage, juice, and milk

Whole wheat pancakes

served with fruit, orange juice, milk

Oatmeal, Cereal, or Breakfast leftovers

Bull’s Eyes

The Lunch List


Grilled Chicken

served with grilled asparagus, grilled zucchini, rice, fruit

Crock Pot Roast

served with vegetables, potatoes, rolls

Chicken Tetrazzini

served with bread, salad

Turkey Tacos

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  1. I’m with you – summer makes menus more difficult in some ways.

    When we’re in school, we all take our lunch every day. During summer, hubby LOVES to eat out at lunchtime because he CAN. This drives me CRAZY, but that’s how he is.

    Dinnertime is more flexible, usually because I have more time to play with ingredients, and sometimes can be more creative with leftovers so that I can stretch what we’ve already got. But we tend to be on a pretty strict schedule as well, so this flexible summertime ‘non-schedule’ makes it interesting to implement a plan. 😉

  2. Summertime is our busiest time – I work only a few hours weekly during the winters, but full-time now – so our summer schedule has to be more fully planned, but also more flexible. 🙂 Does that make any sense?!? We need to be open to picnics at the beach and playdates with friends, but I have to think ahead for every day and week and try to guess what we’ll be hungry to eat and how hot the kitchen will be. Yikes!

    Good luck with these last few weeks of summertime, and the transition to fall schedules. 🙂

  3. Summer can definitely make family meal planning more of a challenge! We try really hard to plan in advance, but with so many vacations, trips, and lazy summer days, it doesn’t always work as planned. Instead, I make sure we always have healthy options around so that nutritious options are always available. Fresh fruit, veggies, hummus, Kellogg’s FiberPlus(R) cereal and bars, yogurt, and cheese are just a few options we always have on hand. This helps me feel much more at ease if our regular meal schedule is off a day or two.

  4. I agree summer meals are much crazier at our house. Between our schedule being off and the hot weather my menu plan had not always gone as planned this year. I am so looking forward to getting back into a better schedule with school.

  5. Our summer has been very laid back and I have enjoyed it. However, I am quite ready for the school routine again. We’re starting up again next week. I’m going to spend some time lesson planning this week and doing a couple week’s worth of menus as well. I’m looking forward to it!

  6. Excellent ideas! We love running out to the garden to get something quick – last night I broiled some homegrown t-bone steaks and we had freshly dug smashed red potatoes and corn off the cob with fresh butter…

    I LOVE your lunch ideas. With a toddler in the house, and canning and freezing to be done, lunch is my most hectic meal…

  7. I am right there with you with lazy summer days. I actually had every intent to be scheduled with everyday packed with fun filled activities…..but for some reason we ended just lounging by the pool. At first it drove me crazy but then I decided to just surrender to the lazy days. 🙂 your menu looks awesome. Thee chicken terrizini looks great. Have you ever frozen that or parts of it? I will have to try it.

  8. That chicken looks so good!!! Yum!!!

    – Ana
    My (Newly)Wed Life

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