Meals for a Month: June

Meals for a Month

June is bustin’ out all over!

Yesterday, our fridge went out. Today, we kicked off our son’s Birthday Week, a tradition instituted by my husband that our entire family absolutely adores! Later this month, the kids’ public school classes wind up, along with my music studio lessons. And, then, we hit the road on vacation!  PRAISE THE LORD!

I don’t think there has ever been a time that I’ve been more ready for vacation. Actually, we all are. The last six months have been a roller coaster ride for our family, and it’s not over yet. We’re taking each day as it comes. But we’re looking forward to summertime, sunshine, and a new season. It was fun to spend a bit of time this evening discussing our trip to Montana to see Jon’s folks, and planning a few surprises along the way!

As well, I’ve discovered there is a good thing about a fridge going out:  reorganization. I know, I know. That just sounds sick and wrong, but it’s how I’m wired. I love organization, lists, strategy and structure. Plus, I discovered a few things in the freezer that need to be used up.  It’s a good thing that it’s grilling season because we’re gonna be firing up our grill this month!

Soups/Stews:
Lentil Stew w/ Italian Sausage and Kale
Vegetable Soup
Curried Red Lentil Soup with Chickpeas and Quinoa

Poultry:
Chicken and Dumplings
BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads
Jada’s Hot Wings

Beef/Pork:
Grilled Spare Ribs
Homemade Lasagna (Birthday Week)
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza (Birthday Week)
Taco Salad with Chipotle Vinagrette
Bacon and Tomato Sandwiches
Natchitoches Meat Pies

Seafood:
Grilled Salmon Burgers
Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos
Chutney Glazed Salmon
Cod Baked in Tomatoes and Feta Sauce

Meatless Meals:
Shakshuka (Like eggs? Tomatoes? Then, try this one!)
Sloppy Lentils (Kids’ request)
Not Ya Mama’s Mac ‘n Cheese

Side dishes:
Pasta Salad
Mixed Greens Salad
Kale Salad
Sauteed Kale with Garlic
Spinach Salad with Berries
Veggie Tray w/ Dip (Hummus or Yogurt)
Roasted Broccoli
Quinoa w/ Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts
Garlic Green Beans
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Couscous Pilaf
Mexican Street Salad

Baking and Snacks:
Pitas (Vita-Mix)
No-Knead Bread
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jon’s Sugar Cookies (Birthday Week)
30 Minute Rolls
Granola Bars
Smoothies
No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
Jada’s Cinnamon Rolls (vacation)
Homemade Chex Mix (requested numerous times 🙂 )

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