Summer, Simplified: The ONLY Meal Plan You Need This Summer

Isn’t it weird how summer is somehow the laziest and also the busiest time of year? Late nights, traveling, houseguests, sports, camps, swim lessons, competitions–it’s glorious and exhausting. Throw in the fact that it’s eleventy billion degrees outside and, at least for my family, all those factors lead to a whole lot of nights at the drive thru if I’m not careful.

Summer Dinner Solutions!

We’re here to help. We’ve been doing this meal plan thing now since the spring of 2017 and we’ve kind of gotten it down to a science. In March, we released our Fit & Fast Plan, which was 6 weeks of calorie-smart dinners and desserts and you guys loved it so much, we decided to up our game. During the last few months, we’ve thrown all our creative energy into our favorite menu plan so far–and we did something we’ve never done before. Our Summer, Simplified plan is 7 weeks of BRAND-NEW dinner recipes!

Even in our books, we had lots of new recipes, but there were also always some that were already on the blog. That’s not the case here; we have 35 brand-new recipes (5 dinners a week; we figured we’d give you a little wiggle room for eating out, entertaining, or leftovers). And not only that, but they can all be made in 30 minutes or less. And you don’t have to turn on your oven for a single one of them; they’re either no-cook or use the stovetop or Crock Pot (or pressure cooker). And it’s not peanut butter and jelly sandwiches sandwiches. It’s things like Pesto Pasta Salad, Tropical Quesadillas, Steak Street Tacos, Pizza Waffle Dippers, Cold Sesame Noodle Bowls, BLT Pasta Salad, and Pork Flatbread Pizzas.

Summer Simplified collage

We’re so excited to have teamed up with the incredibly talented Kri at Kriativ Co. to professionally design these meal plans. That means they’re extra-beautiful and, if you’d like, you could send this to some place like Office Depot or Staples and have them print it for you, almost like a magazine.

Like all our meal plans, we’ve carefully arranged each week so you’re buying only what you need and are using up as much of the “rollover” ingredients as possible. Each week comes with customizable shopping lists, action plans, and make-ahead instructions to make enjoying mealtime with your family as enjoyable as possible! Going to the beach? On a picnic? To the ballpark? So many of these meals are easy to transport, perfect for dinner away from home without resorting to $7 hot dogs.

What Do I Get?

In addition to the brand-new recipes, grocery lists, and planning tips, we’ve also included two beautiful lifestyle collections. The first is 50 Fun Summer Activities for Kids.

This amazing bonus content includes crafts, recipes, activities, and other ideas all collected in one place to keep your family busy all summer long.

We’ve also included 20 Outdoor Games for Families.

20 outdoor games for families

Planning a family reunion? All the kids in the neighborhood at your house all summer long? Have a summer birthday party and looking for ways to keep everyone busy? Youth camp? We’ve got you covered. These games and activities are perfect for large groups!

And we’re also throwing in one more thing…

We put this eBook together back in 2016 and it was a hit! We’ve heard from so many of you about how much it’s helped your confidence level at the grill, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s everything you need to know about grilling in one valuable resource that’ll become a staple in your kitchen! Our 100+ page guide is valued at $24.99 on it’s own, and it includes how-to instructions on grilling absolutely perfect steaks every single time, outdoor entertaining hacks, the BEST recipes from our own grills that our families adore, the how-to on creating gourmet restaurant-quality burgers at home, tips on mastering grilling perfectly flavored vegetables and desserts, and BONUS: it even includes a gorgeous 30 page BBQ printable party pack, perfect for any summer shin-dig. All of it is included as a free bonus in our Summer, Simplified meal plan!

This Summer, Simplified meal plan isn’t just a meal plan… it’s an entire package of goodies!

We’re so excited about this project that we’ve got a pretty amazing giveaway to celebrate its launch!

Our Best Bites Summer Giveaway

Yep. You’re seeing that right. We’re going to fill that Yeti cooler full of some of our favorite summer products and send it to one lucky winner. Anyone who buys our Summer: Simplified meal plan within the next seven days will automatically be entered to win the following!

  1. Yeti Tundra 35 ($250)
  2. Torani Coconut Syrup ($9)
  3. Takeya 18-ounce Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle ($18)
  4. Sun Bum Lip Balm SPF 30 in Mango, Coconut, Watermelon, AND Lime! ($16 total)
  5. Boho Bands ($10)
  6. Kavu Rope Bag ($50)
  7. Blenders Pacific Grace Sunglasses ($25)
  8. Turkish Towel ($24)
  9. Instant Pot 7 ($100)

There’s also a good chance we’ll throw some of our favorite treats and smaller items in there. The giveaway closes at 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Friday, July 6. The winner will be selected from those who purchased Summer: Simplified before that time and will be contacted to make delivery arrangements.

Ready to Make This Official?

So are you ready to let us handle the meal planning for the rest of the summer so you can do more of what you love? (We know that means spending time with your family and also probably hiding from them just a little bit. Don’t worry, this plan will give you time to do both.) Click HERE to purchase Summer, Simplified and begin simplifying your summer right away!

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Meet The Author

Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I purchased this plan in 2019 and now my download link won’t work. Do I need to purchase the plan again?

  2. I ordered the summer & fall planners but do not see in my inbox. I ordered on June 1st.

  3. I’m trying to choose between buying the summer simplified meal plan and the fast and fit meal plan. What are the main differences between the two?

    1. Summer Simplified are specifically recipes that are extra quick and easy and require no oven. It’s designed for those crazy summer days when schedules are busy and the weather is hot and no one wants to be in the kitchen! Fit and Fast are fresh healthy meals with a nutrition focus. All recipes include nutrition info. Hope that helps!

  4. Really exited to try it, this yr! Last yr I debated and didn’t do it, but this year I admit I need help. I am tired of sitting around all day trying to come-up with dinner and going to the store every other day when I come-up with a dinner idea finally.

  5. Hi I’m trying to purchase the meal plan but after I filled out the personal info. it won’t let me go to step 2 to pay??? is there something wrong with the site?

    1. There are only a couple vegetarian recipes but I think most of the recipes could very easily be adapted to any protein source of your choice.

  6. I am interested, but can’t find a price without having to enter all my contact info. How much is it?

    1. Oh, no you can definitely get ALL the info you need! Just keep scrolling down past that part to see all the things that come free with it and all pricing info!

  7. I purchased it and made my first week’s grocery shopping trip. I’m so excited to have 7 weeks all planned. I was feeling the dinner rut of making the same things all the time and this will change it up. THanks so much for putting this together! And what an awesome giveaway. crossing my fingers I get lucky this time.

  8. You so nailed it that summer is both a lazy time and a crazy busy time, lol. Exactly! What an amazing giveaway and this looks like an awesome package deal. I’m just not a super strong summer cook — soups and casseroles are my jam — so the meal plan is something I definitely need!

  9. Thank you! I am excited to see what your next project is. Would you consider making a Paleo type meal plan?

  10. Yay! Just ordered it and I love the idea of printing it off for a hard copy! That will be on my to-do list. Thanks!

    1. did you end up printing in hard copy if so where did you do it and how much was it?