During the school year, my menu plan is buttoned up but when summer rolls around, all that goes out the window.  5pm rolls around and I have no plan for dinner while my kitchen seems to be stuck in snack mode. How many times a week can I let my kids have cereal for dinner? I mean, theoretically, every single night because who’s counting and who’s judging, right?  But I digress. A healthy meal that comes together quickly is the best remedy for those summertime dinner slumps. Here are seven easy meals to make, along with a shopping list that’ll make sure you have what you need.

Seven Easy Summer Time Meals For Working Moms

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Easy Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe

Easy is the name of the game here. This simple and flavorful pasta recipe from Organized Island can be served warm or chilled.

Sugar Snap Pea Pasta Recipe

This pasta recipe from Wanna Bite will have your kids eating their green veggies every which way. My kids aren’t huge fans of cooked sugar snap peas, so I would probably sub in asparagus here

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

I am probably the last mom on the planet without an Instant Pot but I can make these in my trusty slow cooker. The best part of this recipe from Recipes from a Pantry is the whole set it and forget it method. Plus, tacos are a crowd-pleaser!

Lazy Falafel

It’s true–making falafel is a real pain and not something that comes together quickly. This recipe from Rhian’s Recipes brings together the best part of a falafel sandwich without all the mess.  This one is vegan and gluten-free, which my family is not, so I would probably sub in regular pita bread.

Sesame Chicken Egg Roll in a Bowl

My kids LOVE chinese food and this recipe from Peace, Love and Low-Carb brings together two favorite dishes– egg rolls and sesame chicken. It comes together in 30 minutes, and you can switch up the protein, subbing in pork, or even shellfish.

Grilled Beef Gryos

Here’s another super easy recipe and this one from Frugal Living NW doesn’t require you to turn the oven on. Just throw your beef on the grill. You can sub in chicken, if your family doesn’t eat beef.  This recipe also includes homemade pitas, but you can just go ahead and buy pita, if you’re not in a bread baking mood (and in the summer time, who is, really?!)

Summer Snack Platter

Y’all, I saved the best for last. This “recipe” from Weelicious is several steps up from cereal for dinner. You can take the suggestions in this recipe, or just throw whatever you can find on to a big platter and call it dinner. (I didn’t even include this one on the shopping list because you can use WHATEVER you want.)

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