Note: For 2015 I am republishing our monthly menus from 2014, adding in new published recipes when appropriate. I hope you are able to use these seasonal menus as a starting point for your own family menus. Not sure why to menu plan? Check out all the great reasons here, plus get a free seasonal menu planning eBook!
Are you starting to bring home fresh produce from your gardens, farmer’s markets and u-pick farms yet? June usually sees us harvesting lots of lettuce, peas, green onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and fruits like strawberries and rhubarb from our garden. You can see a full list of seasonal fruits and vegetables here for the month of June (for most of the country), but basically June is the beginning of full-on summertime meals! Lots of grilled foods, salads, and finger foods that can be eaten outside.
Of course here in the Pacific Northwest, every day in the summer holds potential for rain (um, usually when you’re trying to plan an outdoor party…), but I’m not about to give up our fleeting grilling season, so we’ve been known to grill in the cold and rain. At least then it feels a little like summer because we’re eating barbecued food! I also still like to use our slow cooker, though it doesn’t get quite as much use as the grill does because, hello, grilled vegetables!
I still like to have a plan for summer days, even if we toss it out the window sometimes to take sandwiches to the lake, because on the days we don’t have anything planned, life is just easier – and the food budget doesn’t take a hit during this season. My hope is that you find some seasonal dinner menu ideas below to help you plan your bit-looser family’s menu for June!
Grilled Italian Sausages with Addictive Tomato Chutney, salad of orzo, peppers, onions & peas w/feta tossed with a vinaigrette on bed of lettuce
Cranberry Feta Chicken Salad with Chutney Dressing (using remaining chicken), served either in tortillas or lettuce leaves
Italian Sausage Pasta Primavera (one-dish meal)
Slow Cooker Chicken with Artichokes, Dried Tomatoes & Olives over noodles, green salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Beef & Vegetable Stir Fry (without the noodle pillows), rice (make extra)
Grilled Salmon on Soba Noodles (instead of baked) with broccoli
Greek Style Pasta Salad with Green Beans & Tomatoes, grilled meat of choice
Creamy Pesto Pasta with cooked chicken, green salad
Note: our family’s menu always has a couple of standards: Saturdays alternate between burgers on homemade buns (or pigs-in-blankets) & fries and homemade pizza; Sundays are mostly on-your-own leftovers (if nothing is available, a quick pasta is made using our frozen roasted tomato sauce or pesto).
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles in our archives:
- Menu Planning 101 (dinners)
- 5 steps to frugal menu planning
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- Weekly family menus
- Monthly dinner menus
I hope you enjoy and are able to use some of these favorite family meals of ours. You can follow me on Pinterest for even more simple, seasonal and from scratch dinner ideas!