For many of us, the month of July starts with a bang. Fourth of July parties, summer cookouts, and birthdays can make meal prep feel exhausting. Whether you’re hosting or preparing dishes for potlucks, we all need a break by mid-July. But that doesn’t mean delicious, homemade meals all together have to stop!
With the right recipes in your weekly meal plan, dinner (and lunch) can feel quick, effortless, and easy. Below is an easy, flavorful salmon and seasonal veggie sheet recipe that comes together in about 10 (yes, 10!) minutes, as well as a summery one-pot jambalaya. And don’t forget to enjoy two ready meals so versatile they can be enjoyed as lunches on the go (hello, beach days and healthy work meals), as a side dish, or even as a whole hearty dinner. Then, just when you thought you’d turn to takeout at the end of the week, instead follow the simple instructions for heavenly, homemade, all-in-one-pot lo mein.
These recipes can be purchased, which means you can also skip the trip to the grocery store and order the ingredients you need through Walmart with just a few clicks. (Walmart+ members can also get free shipping on orders $35 or more.)
What to cook this week
Kara Birnbaum / TODAY
When Ali Rosen needs a quick evening sauce for just about anything, the answer is usually the pale zest of a lemon combined with the earthy umami flavor bomb that comes from miso paste. From salad dressings to soups, this combo can be your secret weapon. But the easiest dinner option that she keeps coming back to is this Miso Lemon Salmon Sheet Pan with Zucchini and Rice. It’s a whole meal that pops in the oven in less than 10 minutes and is ready to impress.
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
In this magical recipe, Alejandra Ramos blends the bright and tangy flavors of Mexican-style street corn with a summer party favorite: elbow macaroni salad. Serve this as a fun side dish, or add shredded chicken or black beans to make it a heartier main dish. Make it just before serving, or make it the night before and chill in the fridge for an easy and ready-to-use potluck recipe that will be an instant crowd-pleaser at all your summer parties.
Jambalaya is a hearty dish inspired by New Orleans’ rich Cajun culture. It’s like a melting pot of hearty, tangy flavors with hot andouille sausage, tender chicken thighs and a base of lovely stew vegetables, all mixed in a buttery roux, chicken broth and (as the folks at Toups Meatery like to do) . a can of golden amber beer. While all of these delights come together in about an hour and a half, the result is a traditional southern dish perfect for feeding the masses.
Courtesy of Matt Armendariz
Meet your new lunch dish or quick and tasty dinner with this healthy salad full of protein and summer flavor. It’s super easy to make quinoa and chicken ahead of time and pack them in some Tupperware to have on hand all week. Pair it with some cheese, avocados, and maybe an extra drizzle of barbecue sauce, and you’re all set for an irresistible meal.
This is such a satisfying vegetarian one pot meal. The mushrooms add a “meaty” texture and flavor to this recipe for a heavenly Lo Mein made entirely from scratch. You can vary the veggies according to the season, but in the warmer months like July, Grace Young adds fresh bell peppers and zucchini, thinly sliced. Summery and satisfying!