Easy summer dinners for May

Every Sunday I sit down and figure out what I’m going to make for dinner each week. Everything doesn’t always go according to plan, but at least I have a plan. That helps me stick to a shopping budget, which is also dictated by what’s on sale and what I can get rebates on in Ibotta and Coupon 51.

Right now I’m cooking mainly for my husband and myself. My teenage daughter is only home for dinner sometimes, my mother in law will come for dinner occasionally, and my college-age son will come home once in a while too. This week, I’m not sure who will pop in, but I’m going to be ready, just in case.

So here’s my dinner plan:

Sunday – My college-age daughter was here last week for dinner and made a terrific combination of oven baked Indian-spiced sweet potatoes with teriyaki steak. She served it on a platter with sliced jalapeno, avocado, and cilantro. We helped ourselves to her homemade peanut sauce that she made from the teriyaki glaze, peanut butter, and coconut milk. We all loved it but now we have leftover peanut sauce. I’m going to doctor it up and use it to make Grilled Thai Curry Chicken Skewers.

Monday – We’re heading to Costco as part of her Sunday food buying routine. I’ll be buying some lobster ravioli and pairing them with a light tomato sauce we buy there. Granted, lobster ravioli ain’t cheap, but this is simple, easy, restaurant quality and always a crowd pleaser.

Tuesday – My son will be home so we’ll be having filet mignon, mushrooms and tomato and mozzarella. I buy the big container of baby Portobellos at Costco, saute them whole with chopped garlic and oil until they are practically half their size, then finish them with a splash of ponzu. Have you tried ponzu? It’s a sweeter, citrus-based soy sauce. I love it!

Wednesday – Joey will leave after dinner but not before we eat some wings. He loves buffalo wings but we love these baked General Tsao wings. We don’t fry them; we grill the wings then coat them in whichever sauce. They will go great with a Greek salad. Or, if I have time, I’ll make potato salad.

Thursday – There will be something left over, or something won’t work out as planned so I usually only plan three nights. We keep Naan bread in the freezer in case we want to throw together a ham and cheese pizza. I’ll buy some zucchini and eggplant when I go shopping so we can always do a veggie pizza.


Friday – Normally we’re ready for some fish if we haven’t any yet. This Salmon and Avocado Salsa dish looks good to me.

That’s my plan for the week! What are you planning? Let me know so I have some ideas for next week!

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