Summer Meal Planning Tips (Video)

Summer Meal Planning Tips

Like me, do you dread turning on the oven to cook dinner when it’s sweltering hot outside? Sure, you can use the grill and we do use ours quite a bit during the summer.  But what if it’s raining?  Here are some meal planning tips to keep your kitchen cool this summer!


  • Pan Frying Meats or Stir Frying Veggies on the Stovetop

  • Toaster Oven – Bake a single piece of salmon, a small batch of sweet potato fries, or a few dinner rolls.

  • Crock Pot – Use it year round!

  • Veggie Steamer

  • Of course, the grill!  Try batch cooking a whole bag of frozen chicken breasts.  Dice up the extras and toss it onto salads for those nights you don’t want to cook at all.


  1. Tonya C says:

    Yes! I’m loving your tips. I used my Crock Pot all year round and it is my secret weapon to getting home cooked meals done while I’m busy with work!

  2. Emily says:

    I need to start getting better with meal plans. In the summer I become a big slacker with organization and this would help out so much.

  3. Christina says:

    These are great tips! I love grilling in the summer, and I really like not having to fire up the stove or oven when its hot outside!

  4. Rosey says:

    The crockpot is such an easy way to make meals. I love mine and do use it year round.

  5. These are great tips. My favorite thing to do in the summer (well, really, all year long) is to go out for dinner!

  6. Laura Funk says:

    I hate cooking in the summer. Mainly because of the heat. I avoid it at all costs lol

  7. Katie says:

    Love your tips! This is great! I will definitely be utilizing a lot of these for the summer. Thanks for the tips!

  8. The crockpot is such an easy way to make and plan meals. I love mine and do use it all year long! Love your post!

  9. great tips – we are always using our grill in the summer as we love the way everything tastes better ;)

  10. During the beginning of the week I don’t mind cooking so much but by Thursday I dread it.