Meal Plan for June Week 1

This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and Army wife – and she is also one of our Simply Recipes recipe testers!

One of the misconceptions some people have about homeschool families is that we have really lax schedules. Really, we’re all in the same chaotic boat as far as scheduling goes.

Thankfully, for most of us, summer vacation is nigh!

I like to ease into summer break by gradually increasing the amount of work involved in preparing meals as the season progresses. What I mean is that I don’t attempt large, complicated meals our first week out of school.

Instead, I focus on basic, simple meals that I can get the kids in the kitchen to help with (or even prepare on their own) — this is the way I like to welcome the school break.

Even if you don’t have to worry about summer vacation meals, this meal plan will set you right for the week to come.


BLT Salad

Yes, it will be a few more weeks until the good heirloom tomatoes are here, but it’s summer and I want BLTs right NOW! Making this recipe on Monday allows me to cook up some bacon not only for this dish, but also for the next day’s breakfast sandwiches. Pick up a baguette to much alongside.

Summer Minestrone

With this easy summer soup, I chop double veggies – some for the soup and some that I can toss into other meals later in the week. I can also prep this whole soup days before if I need to, which makes it a clutch meal for our new Summer Break routine. Serve with a simple side salad and the leftover baguette from yesterday!

BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

If I have time, I make the sauce and prep the chicken for these bowls on Sunday. Then I asked the kids to prep the rest of the recipe in the middle of the week. We set everything out on our kitchen’s island and have a DIY (do-it-yourself) type of dinner.

Salmon Lettuce Wraps

Fresh ingredients that scream summer fill Thursday’s dinner dish! This unique spin on lettuce wraps offers a crisp, refreshing zing to poached salmon. This recipe is a meal all on its own, but add a fresh fruit salad on the side if you’d like something extra.

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

I like to introduce my family to new cuisines on a regular basis — the homeschool mom in me always has to turn meals into a lesson, too! Friday’s vegetarian curry is a winner for a few reasons: it exposes us to new flavors, it’s easy to throw together, and it also cuts down on food costs because there’s no meat. That’s a win-win as we head into summer. Serve with simple rice or store-bought naan bread.