Happy 4th of July! This week's meal plan includes lots of grilled meals like my favorite creole shrimp as well as some easy, old fashioned summer favorites like the classic tomato sandwich!
As always there are sides and desserts and plenty of time saving (and money saving) tips.
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📅 Food Holidays
We celebrate a couple of fun food holidays this week. They're silly little holidays but it gives us an opportunity to make some memories and have some fun!
- 4th of July of course! You'll find tons of recipe in the 4th of July category.
- July 5 National Apple Turnover Day. It's a good time to try these easy apple fried pies!
- July 7 National Macaroni Day. Celebrate with pasta!
💭 Tips for success
- If you've got leftover gumbo it freezes well for 3 or 4 months.
- Any leftover chicken this week? Add it to the southwestern pasta salad for a light lunch or dinner!
- Those pickled onions will stay good for a week at least and they're a delicious replacement for regular onions in your salads.
- Make a big batch of homemade ice cream to use in various desserts this week.
- Save some of the cookies to make ice cream sandwiches with.
- Repurpose the grilled pineapple as a topping for waffles or pancakes.
🍹This week's cocktail
Gin & Tonic
This blue gin and tonic cocktail is perfect for summer! The refreshing color and light flavor just invite you to relax on the porch!
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Chicken and sausage gumbo is packed with authentic Louisiana flavor but SO easy in a slow cooker!
Creamed Corn Cornbread
This easy creamed corn cornbread is always moist and delicious!
Candy Apple Pie
One of our favorite twists on "all American apple pie" is this candy apple pie. Big cinnamon flavor!
Cheesy Ham & Noodle Casserole
Comfort food, anyone? Cheesy ham and noodle casserole is an old fashioned recipe that you can assemble ahead of time.
Southern Green Beans
Sweet and tangy, smoky and delicious! Southern green beans are quick and easy with my method.
Chewy and crispy butterscotch buckaroon cookies are a favorite of kids of all ages. Save some for ice cream sandwiches later in the week.
When you wrap chicken breast in bacon before grilling you end up with the most delicious, juiciest grilled chicken ever.
My mom's potato salad is a classic! It's creamy with tender chunks of potato, crispy celery, and delicious dressing in each bite.
This can be a side dish or a dessert! Grilled pineapple has a buttery bourbon glaze grilled right on. It's like the dish you get at the Brazilian steakhouses.
I love tomato sandwiches in the summer! I know you probably don't need a recipe but I figured you might need a reminder!
Texas Macaroni Salad
This Tex-Mex pasta salad is made with Texas shaped macaroni, a creamy southwestern dressing and plenty of roasted corn.
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Use the leftover butterscotch cookies and homemade vanilla ice cream (or your favorite) to make ice cream sandwiches
This is my update on the classic shrimp creole. Seasoned grilled shrimp & roasted tomatoes make for a very summery meal!
I can't get enough of this light easy summer fruit salad with lime dressing in the summer! If you use honeydew in it save some of the honeydew for later in the week.
Grilled Dessert Nachos
Salty, sweet, gooey perfection! Grilled dessert nachos are easy to make and everyone loves them!
Macaroni & Cheeseburgers
Use leftover mac& cheese to make these glorious macaroni & cheeseburgers. Crowd friendly and family pleasing!
Green Bean Salad
Fresh summer produce gives this easy, marinated green bean salad plenty of flavor.
Easy pickled onions go together fast and they are delicious on sandwiches, burgers, and in salads!
Nutter Butter Banana Pudding
Classic banana pudding gets an update with peanut butter cookies in this Nutter Butter Banana Pudding. It's a family favorite!
Russian chicken is made with tender chicken breast in a sweet and tangy sauce. It's super easy to make with pantry staples. Serve over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes.
These easy mashed potatoes are always extra creamy and delicious!
This easy tiramisu is full of tropical flavor. It's one of my favorites for summer!