Use the seasonal August Dinner Menu Ideas here as inspiration and a starting point for your own family menus.
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August is full-on summertime here in the Pacific Northwest - school doesn't start back until Labor Day and the weather is usually reliably sunny and warm (although you never know here, really...).
Our grill sees the most action now - our family is pretty much in agreement that the garden vegetables taste best grilled, so it's not unusual for us to eat them every other day.
In between we're making salads, quick stir-fries, or easy frittatas that only use the stovetop or broiler.
The only time I use the oven is in the mornings to make bread - because when the tomatoes are coming on, you've got to have grilled Easy Artisan Bread or Sourdough Artisan Bread to eat them with. SO good.
Below are four weeks of August dinner menu ideas that take advantage of seasonal produce, yet are quick and easy to prepare.
These meals are really what our family eats and enjoys, so I hope you will find some ideas for your family here, too!
August Dinner Menu Ideas
Tostadas made with Homemade Refried Beans, leftover rotisserie chicken, lettuce, cheese, onion, etc., served with homemade Pico de Gallo and/or Salsa Cruda (or any garden salsa you may have left from canning).
Smashed Garlic Burgers with Jalapeños, chips, pickles & carrots
Soft tacos make with slow cooked pulled pork, chicken, or beef (whatever’s on sale), Spicy Cumin Lime Coleslaw
Grilled salmon, grilled garden vegetables
Italian Sausage Pasta Primavera (using seasonal green beans, red peppers, zucchini & onion)
Garden Stir-fry with pork (green beans, zucchini, peppers & onions), rice
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 & 5 steps to frugal menu planning
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- 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!
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