This week's meal plan is focused on quick and easy because who wants to spend time in the kitchen when it's there's so much to do outside?
📅 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!
- July 16 National Ice Cream Day and I have plenty of great ice cream recipes!
- July 19 National Daiquiri Day is the perfect excuse to sip this smooth, silky, and sweet banana daiquiri.
- July 21 National Junk Food Day gives us permission to eat all our favorite snacks. My favorite? Little Debbie Zebra Cakes!
🍹This week's cocktail
Tropical pineapple sangria is fruity and sparkly, light and refreshing with a touch of coconut and ginger.
💭 Tips for success
This week's recipes are so easy that there aren't many things you can do to save more time. Here are my thoughts -
- If you've got leftover chicken tenders you can crisp them up in the oven and use them for your spicy chicken biscuits, or add them to a po'boy sandwich, or salad!
- Make extra cole slaw and use it to top bbq sandiwiches made with the beef barbacoa and some bbq sauce.
- Leftover zucchini bread? Make French toast with it! Don't soak it too long or it will fall apart - just a quick dip.
- If you have leftover cabbage you can make a quick meal by warming it up with sliced smoked sausage.
- Black eyed pea salad can also be used as a salsa with chips.
Popeye's Chicken Tenders
These chicken tenders are better than the ones at Popeyes! So crispy on the outside and tender on the inside!
Chipotle aioli makes a delicious dipping sauce for the chicken tenders! It's creamy and garlicky with a kick!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet and spicy roast sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish for this meal!
Circus Animal Cookies Ice Cream
I loved the frosted circus animals as a kid so I made an circus animal ice cream out of them! You'll love it!
Cheesy Mexican lasagna is layers of corn tortillas, beef, beans, and cheesy goodness! It's quick and easy - you can even assemble it ahead of time.
Cauliflower Broccoli Salad
Cauliflower broccoli salad is a party of textures and flavors! Crispy cauliflower, crunchy broccoli, buttery sunflower seeds... all in a creamy dressing.
Pineapple Zucchini Bread
This isn't really a dessert but I love this pineapple zucchini bread served warm as a side dish with some cinnamon butter.
Honey Garlic Meatballs
These honey garlic meatballs are so good that it's hard to believe they take just 30 minutes!
I could eat fried cabbage all day every day. Tender cabbage and onion are cooked down with bacon grease. SO good.
Strawberry Angel Food Cake
Dessert doesn't get easier! This strawberry angel food cake starts with a cake from the store!
Believe it or not smothered chicken is a quick and easy meal! You can make it in the slow cooker, too!
Old fashioned fried potatoes are so good with this chicken dinner because they soak up all the extra gravy.
Earl Grey Thumbprints
These thumbprint cookies are crumbly and buttery with a middle that has a delicate chocolate and earl grey flavor.
Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits
I usually make these spicy honey butter chicken biscuits for brunch or a snack but why not have them for a fun (and easy!) dinner!
Creamy and tangy cole slaw is addictive as far as I'm concerned.
Once you taste homemade chocolate pudding you'll never -ever go back to the instant pudding!
This beef barbacoa cooks low and slow in the crockpot and you can use it for anything from tacos and burritos to bbq sandwiches. It makes a lot and freezes well.
Black Eyed Pea Salad
Black eyed pea salad is sometimes called cowboy caviar. The earthy flavor of the black eyed peas blends beautifully with cilantro and spicy jalapeno. Serve as a condiment with chips.
Yellow Squash Casserole
This southern side dish is a summer classic! Yellow squash casserole is creamy and gooey comfort food.
Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
Lemon blueberry bundt cake is a cinch to make! It's full of summer flavor in every moist, delicious bite.
SO easy! Pasta Fresca takes about 15 minutes! I like to make it vegetarian but you can add shrimp or chicken.
Marinated Green Bean Salad
This easy green bean salad is best if it's made a day ahead of time.
Millionaire pie is a vintage recipe that I grew up with and ordered it at Furr's cafeteria every chance I got! Tropical and creamy - you're going to love this easy, no bake dessert.
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