Summer is such a wonderful time of year for food. Local produce is abundant and in season, dinners go al fresco, and many communal meals are shared.
Summer can also be a bit of a tricky time of year to stick to a meal plan. With travel and parties and long days at the beach, it can seem easier to just grab some takeout, or you realize that you’ve spent all day munching on less than healthy snacks, and suddenly you’re not really hungry for dinner.
This is why we like to focus on light dinners in the warmer months. For starters, we’re rarely in the mood for heavy meals anyways, and really, who wants to turn their oven on or spend ages standing over the stove when it’s hot outside. Not us!
With this in mind, we’ve put together a one-week dinner plan featuring delicious light meals that showcase in-season vegetables, are packed with protein, and best of all come together super quickly. If you overdid it on vacation, this week of meals will help you get back on track. Here’s what we love about this summer reset meal plan:
- Not one of these meals requires turning on the oven!
- All of the meals are gluten-free (or easily gluten-free).
- All of the meals are veggie-forward, low (or low-ish) in carbs, and provide a good amount of protein.
- Several of them can be done on an outdoor grill – yay for cooking outside!
- Most can be prepared in advance.
Quick and Light Summer Reset Meal Plan
These Tangy Chicken Vegetable Lettuce Wraps take no more than 15 minutes on the stove and you’ll have a tasty dinner for four ready to go.
Tip: Chop the veggies and whisk together the sauce early in the day, so when it comes to dinner time you’ve got everything ready to go.
Fire up the grill for these Soba Protein Bowls with Grilled Eggplant, Tofu, and Spicy Almond Sauce.
Tip: This recipes is for two servings, so to feed a family of four you’ll need to double the recipe. Seek out gluten-free soba noodles, or replace with bean noodles if you prefer.
Give your barbecue a workout with these Italian Chicken & Veggie Foil Packets.
Tip: Prepare these foil packets in the morning (or even the day before) and when it comes to dinner time all you’ll need to do is throw them on the grill! Bonus: this recipe is keto.
For a lightening fast dinner that’s also healthy and delicious, these Curried Satay Veggie Bowls only get three minutes on the stove top. Perfect for when it’s hot outside!
Tip: This recipe is for 2 people, so to feed a family of four you will need to double the recipe. The satay sauce for this recipe can be made and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, so if you prepare it in advance this recipe will take you less than 5 minutes to pull together.
Tip: Prepare these foil packets in the morning (or even the day before) and when it comes to dinner time all you’ll need to do is throw them on the grill!