Make it easier on yourself to feed your family this month with my new family meal plan for June. It has 30 easy summer meals on a budget, plus ideas for breakfast, snacks, and lunches…all parent and kid approved.

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Summer Meals on a Budget

With fresh seasonal produce starting to become more available across the country, this is a perfect time of year to make the most of your food dollars. You should start to see lower prices on seasonal produce, more options for locally grown foods, and lots of delicious ingredients to turn into meals.

But since I also know you don’t want to spend all day cooking, these meals use that ripe produce in easy recipes for everyone at the table. And to be honest, my goal in sharing these ideas for family meals for June is just that, to give you ideas.

I know that things come up, plans change, we get tired of cooking, or we’re in the mood for something else. So use these ideas as inspiration however best works for your life right now. It’s all good!

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Easy Family Meal Plans

As a mom to three kids, I know firsthand how much it helps my own sanity to have a plan in place for what the heck we’re going to eat each week. I’m not super strict with my meal plan, but I’ve found that mapping out the week (or the month) really does help me to serve a variety of foods.

And it helps me to make the most of the ingredients I have on hand (especially in the pantry and freezer) and stay motivated to cook.

Because when I make more decisions ahead of time all at once, I have less to make in the moment. Which just seems so much easier for my brain to handle when my kids are starving at 5:15pm!

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June Week 1

For the first week of the month, you’ll start to see that I use the idea of themes when planning dinners. So from Sunday to Saturday the themes are sandwiches, salad, Mexican, pasta, breakfast for dinner, snack dinner or pizza, and skillet or sheet pan meals. This makes it much easier for me to fill in recipes since I’m starting with some boundaries in place!

I like to make 1-2 homemade recipes for breakfast and snacks each week and fill in with easy foods like cereal, yogurt, mac and cheese. and sandwiches.

Breakfast Ideas Lunch, and Snack Ideas

Healthy Zucchini Muffins (Vegan)
With an easy method (no squeezing the zucchini required!) and super moist results, these healthy Zucchini Muffins are a yummy breakfast or snack (that you'll enjoy too!). They happen to be vegan and they store well for days.
Healthy Zucchini Muffins (Vegan)
vegan zucchini muffins on plate.
Easy Cherry Smoothie
Try this naturally sweet cherry smoothie is filled with nutritious ingredients including cherries, banana, and creamy yogurt. Add the nut butter if desired for extra protein and flavor.
Easy Cherry Smoothie
cherry smoothie in jars
Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
You can make this with fresh or frozen blueberries. Use the yogurt option to turn it into a quick and easy chia seed pudding.
Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
blueberry chia seed jam in jar

Easy Snacks

Berry Banana Smoothie Bowls (Kid-Friendly)
These are deliberately thick so that they’re easy to eat with a spoon. Vary the toppings as you like!
Berry Banana Smoothie Bowls (Kid-Friendly)
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Chocolate Covered Bananas
These Chocolate Covered Bananas are frozen into popsicles that are so easy to make and so seriously fun. The chocolate pudding has a perfect texture once frozen, you can add sprinkles if you want, and use either paper lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks.
Chocolate Covered Bananas
chocolate-covered-bananas-on-parchment-paper-1
Easiest Watermelon Juice (to Share with the Kids)
This is a perfect way to use up some of a giant watermelon and is also a wonderful way to help the kids stay hydrated in the warmer months. You can scale the recipe up or down to make more or less as you like.
Easiest Watermelon Juice (to Share with the Kids)
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Lunch Ideas

Cheesy Baked Kale Bites
You can use curly kale or flat kale in this recipe—both work well.
Cheesy Baked Kale Bites
How to Bake Kale Bites
Homemade Hummus (Without Tahini)
With just 5 minutes and basic pantry ingredients, you can make the yummiest Homemade Hummus without tahini. This means that it's nut-free, so it's an option for school and allergy families, and it's just perfect for dunking crackers or spreading on bread.
Homemade Hummus (Without Tahini)
hummus without tahini on plate with dippers.
Pizza Muffins (with Veggies!)
These work well to make ahead and warm up for an easy lunch or dinner. These taste best served warm.
Pizza Muffins (with Veggies!)
pizza-muffins-on-wire-rack-with-kids-hand

Dinners

Easy Zucchini Burgers
Stretch your ground beef and add a veggie right into moist burger patties with this simple family dinner recipe.
Easy Zucchini Burgers
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Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Mix up this grain salad to have lunches prepped for the week for yourself, or to have a dinner side or vegetarian main dish to share with the family.
Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
mediterranean quinoa salad on two plates
Easy Taco Buffet (No-Cooking Required!)
I prefer to make these vegetarian since it’s easier, but you can of course add in cooked chicken, beef, or shrimp if you like! Add another can of beans or additional corn to feed a larger family or appetites.
Easy Taco Buffet (No-Cooking Required!)
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Pasta Salad with Chicken
This simple Pasta Salad with Chicken works well anytime of the year, but the flavors are particularly great in summer. Try it for dinner, a potluck, or to meal-prep lunch.
Pasta Salad with Chicken
pasta salad with chicken in bowls.
Easy Bacon and Egg Muffins
I like adding the thyme in these for extra flavor, but it's optional! Be sure to grease your muffin tin well with nonstick spray to help prevent these from sticking to the pan. A nonstick mini muffin pan works best here.
Easy Bacon and Egg Muffins
bacon-and-egg-muffins-in-bowl
Easy Stuffed Peppers Skillet
You can use whichever type of rice your family likes best. We rotate through short grain brown rice, basmati, and jasmine. Adults may want to top their portions with shredded fresh basil and/or crushed red pepper.
Easy Stuffed Peppers Skillet
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June Week 2

Whenever you want to round out a main dish, think easy sides like fresh fruit or canned fruit, sliced cucumbers or fresh snap peas, or even sliced cheese or bread. The goal in my house is to always have 1-2 foods on the table that the kids usually like so that they always have something to eat—and I’m not getting up to make another meal.

(And if they don’t eat much, I can reasonably assume they just aren’t very hungry.)

Breakfast Ideas

Best Banana Yogurt
This recipe make enough for 2-4 servings of yogurt, depending on the appetite of your child. See the Notes at the bottom for storage tips if you have leftovers. You can also cut the recipe in half to make a smaller amount.
Best Banana Yogurt
banana-yogurt-with-slices
Favorite Spinach Eggs (Green Eggs Recipe)
Packed with spinach (and iron!), these bright green eggs are fun and delicious. You can serve them as you would scrambled eggs, or use in a breakfast burrito or egg sandwich.
Favorite Spinach Eggs (Green Eggs Recipe)
spinach eggs on two plates on countertop.
How to Make Oatmeal with Fruit
The base recipe makes a large amount so you can use it throughout the week. Feel free to cut it in half to make less, or just make one serving at a time using the instructions in the NOTES section below.
How to Make Oatmeal with Fruit
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Easy Snacks

Favorite Mango Smoothie Recipe
This fresh Mango Smoothie is thin enough to drink through a straw and thick enough to eat with a spoon. And of course, it's super creamy!
Favorite Mango Smoothie Recipe
mango smoothie in cups lined up on counter
Blueberry Banana Muffins with Oats
Like a cross between a fluffy blueberry muffin and baked oatmeal, these muffins are moist and packed with yummy nutrition.
Blueberry Banana Muffins with Oats
blueberry banana muffins
Blueberry Popsicles (with Yogurt and Spinach)
If you have a high-powered blender you can add up to a cup of spinach. If you're relying on a food processor you may want to reduce it to ½ cup. Start with the lower amount and add more as you like.
Blueberry Popsicles (with Yogurt and Spinach)
Blueberry popsicles on purple plate with blueberries on side.

Lunch Ideas

4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Meatballs
With just four simple and affordable ingredients, you can make tender Baked Chicken Meatballs to share with the kids. Bonus: You can tuck a veggie into the mix, and they are perfect to batch-cook and stash in the freezer!
4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Meatballs
baked chicken meatballs on cookie sheet.
Easy Taco Roll Ups
This super simple riff on tacos takes just minutes to make, is really satisfying, and is great for lunch, dinner, or even snack. (This makes 6 rolled-up tacos, so you can adjust this as needed for your family.) 
Easy Taco Roll Ups
Taco roll ups on kids plate with sides.
Easy Greek Pita Pizzas
Serve these assembled as shown, or with the toasted pita bread alongside the hummus and toppings depending on how your child will prefer it.
Easy Greek Pita Pizzas
greek pita pizzas on pink plate with peaches

Dinners

Easy Sausage Meatballs
Add more flavor to your next batch of meatballs with this easy Sausage Meatball recipe. (Feel free to freeze half of the batch to use in a future meal.)
Easy Sausage Meatballs
sausage meatballs in pan on counter.
Easy Baked Chicken Tenders
These crispy Chicken Tenders are fast and versatile. To make these with panko breadcrumbs, use 1 cup and stir ¼ teaspoon salt into the flour before you dredge the chicken.
Easy Baked Chicken Tenders
crispy baked chicken tenders on white and blue plate
Easy Vegetable Pancakes
We like these dipped in sour cream guacamole, salsa, or Cucumber Sauce.
Easy Vegetable Pancakes
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Crispy Baked Fish Sticks (to Share with the Kids!)
We like to have these with simple sides such as Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, or Salad. They’re also great in tacos!
Crispy Baked Fish Sticks (to Share with the Kids!)
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Easy Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
This is an easy family dinner or lunch. I like to use Spinach Pesto for this, but any will work if you prefer to buy it pre-made from the store.
Easy Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
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Baked Sheet Pan Nachos
These Baked Sheet Pan Nachos have a tender potato base and are topped with black beans, cheese, salsa and veggies. They're a total family dinner hit. (You can add some of the ingredients to some of the areas—leaving the spinach off, adding more salsa or spice—to customize for everyone at the table.)
Baked Sheet Pan Nachos
healthy loaded potato nachos
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June Week 3

If there’s ever a week when you feel like relying on staples you know everyone likes, do that! There’s no reason that you can’t repeat meals more than I have in this meal plan and routine at meal times is often very comforting to kids.

I like to keep some general recipe ideas (like pasta and tacos) and vary them a little to continue exposing the kids to a variety of foods.

Breakfast Ideas

Simple Green Smoothie
Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen. It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo. 
Simple Green Smoothie
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Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
You can use peanut butter, almond butter, or Sunbutter in this recipe. Choose creamy unsweetened if possible.
Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
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Favorite Raspberry Muffins
With a bright, fresh flavor and an ingredient list that's packed with nutrition, these Raspberry Muffins are truly something special. If you (or your kids!) love raspberries, these are a must-make!
Favorite Raspberry Muffins
raspberry muffins on wire rack

Easy Snacks

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
These no-bake bites taste like a cross between oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookie dough. I use natural creamy peanut butter (like the kind from Smuckers), and it works really well.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
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Easy Grape Pops (with Fresh Fruit!)
I like to make these with red grapes. Choose seedless to avoid seeds in the blender.
Easy Grape Pops (with Fresh Fruit!)
grape-pops-on-white-plate
Peach Cottage Cheese Smoothie
This simple cottage cheese smoothie is easy to make and is super creamy without many ingredients. You can even share it with your kiddo! Be sure to blend it very well to ensure the best creamy texture.
Peach Cottage Cheese Smoothie
Cottage cheese smoothie in three cups.

Lunch Ideas

Fluffy Zucchini Pancakes
These fluffy pancakes are a yummy way to serve vegetables for breakfast and use up zucchini should you find yourself with extra. These can be served plain or with a side of yogurt or applesauce to babies and younger eaters, or with maple syrup—they are very versatile!
Fluffy Zucchini Pancakes
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Banana Sushi (3-Ingredient Kids Lunch)
Banana Sushi is a seriously fun and fast lunch for kids—that's filling too! Plus: You only need three nutritious ingredients to make this lunch.
Banana Sushi (3-Ingredient Kids Lunch)
banana-sushi-on-white-plate
Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich (to Share with the Kids)
With just 4 ingredients, including a veggie that blends right in, this Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a yummy kids lunch to share. It packs extra nutrition in the filling, yet only takes a few minutes to make. Such a great easy meal!
Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich (to Share with the Kids)
veggie-grilled-cheese-on-plate

Dinners

Easy Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)
These tender fish cakes make a quick and easy pantry meal when you haven’t planned ahead for dinner. Recipe updated slightly to ensure moistness in June 2021.
Easy Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)
salmon-cakes-on-parent-and-child-plate
Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos
You can try serving this to your toddler with the components separated if they aren’t quite up to holding and eating a regular taco. Simply arrange the filling, the tortillas, and toppings on a plate and let them eat them however they like!
Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos
parent and kids roasted sweet potato taco plates
Quick Teriyaki Shrimp with Zucchini and Rice
We like this with rice or rice noodles, but you can adjust how you serve it to fit your family!
Quick Teriyaki Shrimp with Zucchini and Rice
easy teryiaki shrimp
Easy Broccoli Pesto (for Pasta and Pizza)
This will likely make enough for two meals. You can freeze the leftovers for a future meal. (This recipe was updated to improve the taste and method in April 2019.)
Easy Broccoli Pesto (for Pasta and Pizza)
broccoli pesto on spaghetti in blue bowl with pink fork
Easy Snack Dinner (to Share with the Kids!)
You can do a big family-style platter or individual ones for the kids depending on your preference. Add anything else that sounds appealing and know that the nutrition info will vary according to what you use.
Easy Snack Dinner (to Share with the Kids!)
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One-Pot Pesto Chicken and Rice
With a quick cooking time and easy method, this Pesto Chicken and Rice is a delicious family meal to share. It's flavorful, versatile, and just so delish.
One-Pot Pesto Chicken and Rice
healthy chicken and brown rice on kids plate
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June Week 4

Breakfast for dinner is almost always a hit in my house and I’ve found that a carton of eggs is one of the most handy items I can keep on hand in my fridge. We’ve been loving these Breakfast Burritos lately!

Breakfast Ideas

Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries
Combine three types of produce in a batch of Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries. It’s the best of all the baked goods in one convenient (and nutritious) package!
Banana Zucchini Muffins with Blueberries
blueberry-banana-zucchini-muffins-on-plate
Best Avocado Mango Smoothie (3 ingredients!)
With just 3 simple ingredients, this Avocado Mango Smoothie is SO good—creamy, naturally sweet, and packed with Vitamin C and healthy fats. It’s a great toddler snack or meal component (that I bet you’ll be happy to share with the kids!).
Best Avocado Mango Smoothie (3 ingredients!)
easy-avocado-smoothie-with-pink-straw
Healthy Breakfast Bars with Jam
Use Sunbutter to make these nut-free. You can cut these into smaller bars if desired. If you want them a little softer, serve them at room temperature rather than chilled.
Healthy Breakfast Bars with Jam
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Snack Recipes

Easy Veggie Muffins
Serve up veggies in a kid-friendly form with these SO-good Veggie Muffins. They have broccoli, carrots, protein, and kid-approved flavor!
Easy Veggie Muffins
veggie muffins on gray towel
Easy Strawberry Popsicles (with Greek Yogurt)
With just 5 simple ingredients, these Strawberry Popsicles are a packed with vitamins and protein. They're a great toddler snack, baby popsicle, and dessert to share.
Easy Strawberry Popsicles (with Greek Yogurt)
strawberry frozen yogurt pops in molds on blue plate
So Good Chickpea Blondies
These blondies are packed with just-sweet-enough flavor and nutrition.They are delicious chilled right out of the fridge with a glass of cold milk.
So Good Chickpea Blondies
chickpea-blondies-on-unicorn-plate
Easy Zucchini Cookies
Pack your next batch of cookies with veggies and yummy flavor with these easy Zucchini Cookies. They are low in added sugars, are allergy-friendly, and are just delicious.
Easy Zucchini Cookies
chocolate-chip-zucchini-cookies-on-plate

Easy Lunches

Easy Carrot Hummus
Taste the hummus and adjust for salt as needed. You may need more depending on whether or not you started with canned beans, and sometimes after the hummus sits in the fridge, it needs another sprinkle of salt. 
Easy Carrot Hummus
Carrot hummus in bowl with sides for dipping.
Quick Pizza Quesadillas (An Easy Kids Meal)
This meal is perfect for when you're short on time or when you want to make pizza with less fuss. Add a simple side of cut up fruit, applesauce, or a salad kit and call it good.
Quick Pizza Quesadillas (An Easy Kids Meal)
pizza-quesadillas-on-blue-plate
Easy Breakfast Burritos
With just 4 simple ingredients, these easy Breakfast Burritos can be made ahead and reheated, or made in minutes and served right away. They're a protein-packed breakfast to share with the kids.
Easy Breakfast Burritos
breakfast burritos on plate with salsa.

Dinners

Easiest Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
With just two ingredients, you can cook up deliciously moist and tender Instant Pot BBQ Chicken to use over noodles or rice or in sandwiches. So easy—and ready in about 20 minutes!
Easiest Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
Instant pot bbq chicken sandwich on plate with sides.
Easy Vegetarian Burrito Bowls
Transform pantry staples into the yummiest homemade Vegetarian Burrito Bowls with this easy recipe. (Prep the rice, beans, and veggies ahead if you can or want to. They store well in the fridge and simply need to be reheated.)
Easy Vegetarian Burrito Bowls
Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta (to Share with the Kids)
With a no-cook, stir-together sauce, this easy Cherry Tomato Pasta is an easy family dinner. And OH so delicious and fresh. You can leave it chunky or blend it smooth—it's so versatile for all preferences!
Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta (to Share with the Kids)
cherry-tomato-pasta-in-white-and-colored-bowls
Easy Zucchini Fritters Recipe
We bake these Zucchini Fritters since they are easier to cook and easier to clean up. If you have a lot of zucchini, you can double the recipe to make a full muffin tin's worth!
Easy Zucchini Fritters Recipe
healthy zucchini fritters
10-Minute Flatbread Pizza (Just 3 Ingredients!)
For delicious homemade pizza without the work and in a lot less time, Flatbread Pizza to the rescue. Adjust this for allergies as you need.
10-Minute Flatbread Pizza (Just 3 Ingredients!)
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How to Make Meal Planning Easier

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This post was first published June 2020.

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