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May 30, 2018

Monthly Meal Plan: 30 Recipes to Make in June 2018

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Looking for recipes to make this June? Look no farther than this Monthly Meal Plan, which includes 30 recipes to make this month! Featuring several healthy salads, easy weeknight dinners, Father’s Day dishes and more, this monthly recipe list is sure to offer something for everyone!

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Well, the month of May just FLEW by, and I cannot believe it’s time for another Monthly Meal plan… this time for June!

Below, you’ll find grilling recipes, Father’s Day brunch and summertime desserts, scroll on down! You’re bound to find something (or several somethings) that you dig. 😉

If you’re planning ahead for July (specifically, July 4th!), I suggest popping on over to my Patriotic Recipes page, which offers various dishes that are perfect for a patriotic gathering, broken down by course.

Ready for some June goodness? Scroll on!

Grilling Recipes

June means summertime, and nothing says SUMMER like a grilled entree! Below are some of our favorite dishes to make on the grill.

Two Classic Salmon Burgers are shown, dressed with lettuce and avocado, on whole wheat buns.

Classic Salmon Burgers

Fire up the grill and serve Classic Salmon Burgers to the whole family! These simple salmon burgers highlight the freshness and flavor of Alaskan sockeye salmon. Combine bite-sized salmon pieces with an egg, panko breadcrumbs, soy sauce, lemon zest and seasonings to create the patties, then cook on a grill pan (or outside on the grill) for the ultimate fish burger! Serve with fresh avocado slices and lettuce, then enjoy immediately. SO tasty!

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A slice of Grilled Hawaiian Pizza sits on a white platter on an outdoor table with the rest of the pizza, shown in a cast iron skillet.

Grilled Hawaiian Pizza

Grill your pizza on a hot summer’s day instead of baking it. This Grilled Hawaiian Pizza is sweet, salty and savory. It is a summertime favorite and easy to make at home!

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A halved Sauerkraut Burger with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce is held in hand before consuming

Sauerkraut Burgers with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce

Up your burger game by making this sweet-spicy-savory Sauerkraut Burgers with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce. This recipe, which we’ve dubbed the “Sweet and Sauer” Burger, feeds a crowd with pizzazz. These all-beef burgers are topped with sauerkraut, homemade oven fried pickles and a flavorful sweet Sriracha sauce. Sauerkraut Burgers with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce are sure to be a hit this season! #ad #MyBestBurger

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Overhead image of several Cheeseburger Kebabs, laid out on top of lettuce on a white platter, served with ketchup and mustard

Cheeseburger Kebabs

This weekend, let’s be adventurous and grill up some Cheeseburger Kebabs! This twist on a cheeseburger offers a unique way to enjoy a summertime classic! And they can be made in advance, too. Mix flavorful, all-beef patties with cheddar cheese, then skewer with bacon, red onion, tomatoes, pickles and burger buns. Grill on both sides until perfectly cooked and serve with burger condiments. Cheeseburger Kebabs will be all the rage this summer!

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Grilled Chicken Shawarma served on a long white platter with a Greek salad and its dressing displayed beside the platter.

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Fire up the grill this summer and make Grilled Chicken Shawarma for the family! This Middle Eastern dish – which can be made with chicken, lamb, beef and more – is traditionally cooked on a vertical spit. This rendition, which is just as flavorful, spicy and delicious, can be made on the grill at home! The meat is marinated, then grilled. Served with fresh pita, Tzatziki sauce, salad, Grilled Chicken Shawarma is the perfect entree for any cookout!

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A Juicy Lucy Burger is cut in half with the cheese oozing out of it.

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Ground beef burgers, stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese, are the perfect compliment to any summertime celebration. These Juicy Lucy Burgers are a showstopper, whether you’re hosting folks for a barbecue or rained out indoors.

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Father’s Day Brunch Recipes

Surprise Dad with BRUNCH! Who doesn’t love a good breakfast in bed? Below, we’ve listed several Father’s Day recipes that are fit for a king… and the whole family!

Dairy-Free Blueberry Lemon Crumble Muffin sits on a patterned blue napkin, with additional muffins in a tin and blueberries in the background

Dairy-Free Blueberry Lemon Crumble Muffins

Perfect for Father’s Day or any summer morning, Blueberry Lemon Crumble Muffins sing of seasonal flavors. These dairy-free muffins are easy to make and even easier to consume. Slightly sweet with a pop of lemony goodness and topped with a crunchy crumble, Blueberry Lemon Crumble Muffins are sure to become a family favorite in no time!

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Maple syrup is drizzled over Praline French Toast before serving.

Praline French Toast (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Hosting an at-home brunch this weekend? No sweat! Praline French Toast feeds a crowd and satisfies the sweetest of sweet teeth. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also dairy free AND refined sugar free! Thick slices of ciabatta soak in an egg mixture, sweetened with maple syrup, then cook in a skillet over high heat. Top with homemade spicy-sweet pralined pecans, whipped coconut cream and strawberries for the ULTIMATE sweet breakfast or brunch!

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Three Gluten Free Broccoli Quiche Lorraine Bites are stacked on a marble surface before serving

Gluten Free Broccoli Quiche Lorraine Bites

Bake and serve Gluten Free Broccoli Quiche Lorraine Bites as a quick, easy breakfast this spring! Make a flourless potato crust, and while that bakes, mix eggs, diced ham, broccoli and shredded Swiss cheese with milk and spices to serve as the flavorful filling. When the potato crusts are crispy, pour in the filling, and bake until browned.

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A woman holds a bowl of Sage Browned Butter Homemade Home Fries.

Sage Browned Butter Homemade Home Fries

Make any brunch a little fancier by serving decadent Sage Browned Butter Homemade Home Fries! This twist on classic home fries makes for the perfect side dish, can be made in advance and is super delicious for a crowd! Brown butter with fresh sage in a skillet. When the sage has crisped, break it apart, then add diced russet potatoes. Cook until fork tender and crisp on the outside. Serve warm as the perfect holiday (or anytime!) brunch side!

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How to Make a Mimosa Bar

Brunch at home can be so much fun! Add a little pizzazz to your next hosting gig by offering a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Mimosa Bar!

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Summer Salad Recipes

Fresh produce is all around these days. What better way to celebrate the bounty of the season by serving yourself (and the whole fam) a summer salad?

Summer Quinoa Salad in a white bowl with red and blue napkins surrounding it

Summer Quinoa Salad

Elevate your next meal by whipping up a Summer Quinoa Salad! White and Red Quinoa serves as the star of this entree salad. Toss with romaine, avocado, tomato, chicken breast and feta, then drizzle on the homemade lemon vinaigrette. Ready in less than ten minutes, this salad makes a wonderful work lunch! Wholesome food doesn’t have to be bland, and this Summer Quinoa Salad is something that proves that point again and again.

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Two bowls of Salmon Niçoise Salad on a white background from above before eating

Salmon Niçoise Salad

A twist on the French classic, Salmon Niçoise Salad makes a perfect summertime dinner! Fresh sockeye salmon serves as the centerpiece of this entree salad in place of traditional tuna. Romaine lettuce, steamed green beans, baby potatoes and red onion are tossed together to create the rest of the salad, then topped with a tangy olive oil-Dijon vinaigrette. Flavorful for lunch or dinner, this Salmon Niçoise Salad sings of summertime flavors.

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Homemade vinaigrette is drizzled onto a Cajun Cobb Salad before tossing.

Cajun Cobb Salad

Lunchtime shouldn’t be a struggle, and this Cajun Cobb Salad makes a flavorful meal that will carry you through the afternoon! On a bed of shredded romaine, layer diced Smoked Cajun Style Turkey Breast, hardboiled eggs, bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Drizzle with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette before tossing and enjoying. This Cajun Cobb Salad can be made ahead for a quick lunch, too!

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A colorful serving of Orange Steak Salad sits on a white platter before serving.

Whole30 Steak Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Looking for an entree or appetizer to wow the crowd this summer? Orange Steak Salad is the way to go! This Whole30-compliant, Paleo and Gluten Free recipe will impress guests and family alike. Perfectly cooked New York Strip Steak sits atop a bed of romaine lettuce, studded with navel oranges, English cucumbers and avocado. Finish with a drizzle of homemade Orange Vinaigrette, and this Orange Steak Salad makes the perfect summer meal!

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Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads

Oven Poached Salmon Caesar Salads are a household favorite easy weeknight meal! Wild caught salmon poaches in chicken stock in the oven, then served on top of a quick homemade Caesar salad. This quick entree is prepped, poached and ready to eat in less than 40 minutes!

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Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Dinner Recipes

Baby, it’s hot outside! Cool down by NOT turning on the oven this coming month and instead, make dinner in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker. You’ll be happy you did!

Three Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw are served on buns on a white platter

Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw

Pork and apples are an age-old combination… and this Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw is the perfect entree for any get together or a simple weeknight meal. Pork butt simmers in spiced apple cider for hours in the slow cooker before shredding. Serve on a toasted bun with a tart apple cabbage coleslaw in a creamy yogurt sauce. Apple Cider Pulled Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw makes a delicious meal for the whole family!

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Overhead image of Instant Pot BBQ Brisket, served on a wooden platter with pickles, and other barbecue sides.

Instant Pot BBQ Brisket

Don’t shy away from making barbecue at home! Instant Pot BBQ Brisket is proof that you don’t need a smoker to make incredible tasting meat this summer. Brine brisket for 24-48 hours before cooking in the electric pressure cooker. When all is said and done, this barbecue brisket tastes amazing… and requires very little hands-on time. Perfect for picnics, patriotic gatherings and more, Instant Pot BBQ Brisket is a flavorful summertime recipe!

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Chicken Enchilada Bruschetta lined up on a white platter before serving

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Bruschetta

Vibrant, creamy and a little bit spicy, Chicken Enchilada Bruschetta is the dish to make this season! This recipe comes together in no time, too, thanks to the Instant Pot! Cook the chicken and enchilada sauce on high pressure before shredding and adding cream cheese. Serve over toasted garlic bread, garnished with parsley and cotija cheese! Perfect for entertaining, this Chicken Enchilada Bruschetta adds a creamy, spicy kick to any event!

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Pork Carnitas Enchiladas

Pork Carnitas Enchiladas are a delicious entree for any Cinco de Mayo get-together! Pork simmers in the slow cooker on low all day, then is sautéed with onion and green chiles. Once the filling is complete, roll it up in tortillas with some pepperjack cheese, slather them in spicy enchilada sauce and bake for this spectacular Mexican cuisine-inspired dish!

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French Onion Meatloaf, sitting on a white platter, covered in gruyere gravy

Instant Pot French Onion Meatloaf

Looking for a comforting meal for the whole family? French Onion Meatloaf adds a flavorful kick to any dinner! Made entirely in the electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot), this easy-to-make meatloaf is done and on the table in an hour and a half. Bursting with French onion flavors, the meatloaf is topped with a Gruyere Onion Gravy, made out of the pan drippings and cheese. So comforting and delicious, this recipe will become a family favorite!

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Three Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Plates sit on a marble background, layered and ready for eating

Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Plates

Satisfy a TexMex craving with Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Plates. This paleo-friendly recipe feeds a crowd and makes a delicious party entree. Roast pork in the slow cooker, then shred. Roast sweet potato cubes until crispy and whip up a simple homemade guacamole. Make the plates, adding the hash first, then the carnitas and guac. Bursting with flavor and perfect for entertaining, Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Plates are a new favorite!

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Crowd-Pleasing Summer Dessert Recipes

Summertime means entertaining to me, and I always have dessert on hand for visitors who drop by. Below are some of my all-time favorite summer desserts that are perfect for a crowd (or just yourself. No judgment here!)

Several Mint Smores Bars are stacked on top of each other with a bottle of milk in the background

Mint Smores Bars

Love chocolate, mint and marshmallow together? These Mint Smores Bars are going to be your new favorite sweet! This twist on a classic recipe starts with a homemade graham cracker base. Mix up a decadently rich, gooey, minty chocolate filling, then finish the bars with marshmallows. Bake to ooey gooey smore bar perfection. Perfect for summer get togethers and chilly winter evenings, Mint Smores Bars make a unique minty dessert for all seasons!

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Strawberry and Blueberry Hand Pies sit on a white platter, surrounded by fresh blueberries and strawberries, before serving.

Strawberry and Blueberry Hand Pies

Strawberry and Blueberry Hand Pies make the PERFECT summer dessert. Bursting with fresh blueberries and strawberries, these naturally sweet, handheld pies sing of seasonal flavors. Not only do they taste of the season, but they’re wrapped in a decadent buttery crust. Perfect for a Memorial Day weekend picnic, July 4th or any other summertime get together, these Strawberry and Blueberry Hand Pies can be made in advance and will be adored by all!

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Two Pineapple Blackberry Ice Cream Parfaits are displayed on a wooden tray, covered in an orange napkin, before serving

Pineapple Blackberry Ice Cream Parfaits

Whip up Pineapple Blackberry Ice Cream Parfaits to enjoy before Finding Dory! A nod to the iconic blue and yellow fish, this dessert is tropical, refreshing and easy to make. Blackberries, vanilla ice cream and milk are blended, then mix the pineapple, vanilla ice cream and pineapple juice. Layer the two flavors into a parfait glass and garnish with berries. Light, sweet and loved by the whole family, this dessert is a perfect way to celebrate Dory’s on-screen adventures.

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Several Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles, dipped in graham cracker crumbs, are displayed on a white platter before eating.

Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Step up your summertime dessert game by making Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles! These creamy popsicles start with a base of Greek Yogurt. Swirl the blueberry and vanilla yogurts together, then combine with juicy, roasted blueberries, vanilla wafer crumbles and lemon zest and juice. Freeze for 4-6 hours, then dip in additional wafer crumbles for the perfect summertime sweet! The whole family is going to love these popsicles!

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Overhead image of Ooey Gooey Bars, cut into by a fork while sitting on a plate

Ooey Gooey Bars

Chocolate-y, cheesecake-y dessert perfection, Ooey Gooey Bars are what you need to bake for dessert. These bars, lovingly referred to as “crack brownies” in my circle, make an amazing sweet treat! A brownie layer serves as the base and is topped with cheesecake, studded with dark chocolate chips. Bake to ooey gooey perfection, then slice and serve warm with a glass of milk. A word of warning: These Ooey Gooey Bars are decadent and addictive!

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Two bowls, full of Dairy-Free Blackberry Cobbler, are topped with dairy free ice cream before enjoying

Dairy Free Blackberry Cobbler

Dairy-Free Blackberry Cobbler is the ultimate summertime dessert. Blackberries are tossed in sugar and lemon zest, then roast beneath a cobbler topping. Serve with a scoop of your favorite (dairy-free) ice cream to top off this scrumptious treat.

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A woman dips a crispy cinnamon-sugar wonton into Carrot Cake Dip, served in a purple tiled bowl.

Carrot Cake Dip with Cinnamon-Sugar Wontons

Make Carrot Cake Dip with Crispy Cinnamon-Sugar Wontons this spring! This dip tastes like whipped cream cheese frosting combined with carrot cake. Make the dip by mixing shredded carrots, cream cheese, powdered sugar, ground cinnamon and toasted pecans. Drizzle butter over the wonton shells, sprinkling with cinnamon-sugar, then bake until crisp. This Carrot Cake Dip for the ultimate springtime sweet treat that’s perfect an Easter get-together!

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An All-American Chocolate Chip Cookie is perched atop a glass bottle of milk, half-eaten.

All-American Chocolate Chip Cookies

All-American Chocolate Chip Cookies are ooey, gooey and utterly delicious! This ultimate American sweet, which is studded with bittersweet chocolate chips and pecans, was adapted from a family friend’s award-winning recipe. The batter comes together quickly and chills for at least an hour. When ready, scoop the dough onto a prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown. Serve freshly baked, warm cookies with a cold glass of milk.

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What are YOU planning to cook this month?

Is anything on this Monthly Meal Plan on your list?

Other monthly meal plans: January 2018 / February 2018March 2018 / April 2018 / May 2018 / July 2018 / August 2018 / September 2018 / October 2018 / November 2018 / December 2018


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