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Sharing our Weekly Meal Plan with make-ahead tips, freezer instructions, and ways to make supper even easier!
Saturday: Crispy Chicken Wings (from Add a Pinch Cookbook) + Buffalo Chicken Dip + Sheet Pan Nachos + Restaurant Style Salsa + Guacamole + Peanut Butter Cup Blondies (Make Ahead and Freezer Friendly)
Sunday: Easy Citrus Shrimp (from Add a Pinch Cookbook) + House Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing (from Add a Pinch Cookbook and Make Ahead)
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Best Chicken Marinade + Southern Potato Salad + Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze + Fresh Pineapple Sorbet (Make Ahead)
Wednesday: Homemade Hamburgers with all fixings + Heirloom Tomato Salad with Charred Corn & Okra (from Add a Pinch Cookbook) + Southern Baked Beans + No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream + Easiest Caramel Sauce (July 4th with Family & Friends!) (Make Ahead, Freezer Friendly)
Thursday: Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wraps + Sweet Potato Chips + Poppy Seed Fruit Salad (from Add a Pinch Cookbook) (Leftover Makeover and Add a Pinch Cookbook)
Friday: Family Night Out
MEAL PLAN TIPS:
Happy July 4th! Are you as excited about the ice cream, cookouts, spending time with family, and celebrating our national day of independence as I am?! My family has fun being together and cooking many delicious foods that we all will enjoy!
Crispy Chicken Wings: These are from the cookbook and are so crispy and delicious without being deep fried! They are freezer friendly too so you can make a bunch and freeze them for up to 3 months!
Buffalo Chicken Dip: Prep the dip the day before and then just pop into the oven to bake and serve!
Sheet Pan Nachos: So easy and ready in minutes, very minimal prep needed.
Restaurant Style Salsa: So quick and easy, but you can chop up the veggies earlier in the day if you wish.
Peanut Butter Cup Blondies: Perfect to make ahead the day before.
Easy Citrus Shrimp: This cookbook favorite comes together in minutes and is perfect for a busy night, entertaining friends or supper on a warm Sunday evening! You can prepare ingredients ahead of time if you wish though. Leftovers make a great salad too!
House Salad: I keep salads ready to go in the refrigerator, so I just make Citrus Vinaigrette earlier in the day, add the oil right before supper, give it a hearty shake – or three – and serve!
Grilled Chicken: I will have my Grilled Chicken Marinade made ahead and our chicken marinating for the best, most delicious and juicy chicken! I’m grilling a couple of extra chicken breasts for a recipe for supper another night this week.
Southern Potato Salad: Make the potato salad the night before and refrigerate – so scrumptious and easy.
Caprese Salad: I love this with fresh, ripe tomatoes and fresh basil. I prefer to make this right before supper and serve immediately. So delicious!
Fresh Pineapple Sorbet: Made with just minimal, fresh ingredients, make this ahead of time and keep in freezer until time to serve. Amazing flavor and perfect end to the meal!
Wednesday – Happy 4th of July!
Homemade Hamburgers and Fixings: I’ll make my hamburger patties ahead of time and keep in the fridge until ready to grill. Prepare all of the fixings ahead of time, seal in containers and refrigerate.
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Charred Corn and Okra: I love this salad so much – it’s even on the cover of the Add a Pinch Cookbook! The corn can be cut off the cob and and okra sliced and set aside in the refrigerator. I make my Pepper Jelly and keep on hand a lot, so this dressing will be quick to mix and use atop this beautiful salad!
Best Southern Baked Beans: This cooks for a while to bring out that amazing, rich flavor, so you can make this earlier in the day if you wish and reheat.
No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream: So easy – just mix this in minutes and freeze until ready to serve.
Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wraps: These come together easily with chicken breasts I grilled on Tuesday and saved for these. The Pineapple Jalepeno Cream Cheese Spread is super fast to mix up with only four ingredients!
Sweet Potato Chips: These bake in the microwave so quickly! Delish!
Poppy Seed Fruit Salad: Make this ahead of time, refrigerate and let the amazing dressing bring out the juiciness of the fruit! So good!
Leftovers or Eat Out
Have a safe and happy Independence Day! God Bless America!