Redundant Summer Meals

I know I’m not alone on this one…when the summer rolls around, I tend to struggle with maintaining my creativity in the kitchen. The grill and I become B.F.F. and I wind up tossing a protein food source with a bunch of veggies and calling it a meal. Hence the reason I haven’t had too many food photos to share with you all.

You’ll see the pattern…

Salmon and veggies

salmon and veggies

Pork loin and veggies

pork and veggies

Ground beef and veggies

beef and veggies

A little redundant, right?

Less time in the kitchen means more time to be spent outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine!

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However, I would like to step up my game just a little bit because I am getting pretty bored with my eats. So that is going to be my goal for the next couple of weeks: to amp up my food creativity level. The grill can still be my B.F.F., but it can serve for a more creative cooking vessel versus just grilling a piece of meat and calling it a day.

I am hoping to make up a batch of hippie loaf with a few modifications this week. Here’s to hoping!

What are your favorite meals to make in the summer? Do you feel your meals get a little redundant like mine?

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  1. Nothing wrong with some grillin’ in the summertime! 😉 I like sushi in the summer because you eat it cold. And I sometimes make dips like guac and salsa into dinner when I pair it with veggies for scoops instead of tortilla chips. Seafood in the summer is a must, too!

    1. Melanie

      I love using veggies in replace of chips! Nothing wrong with some chips every once and while though too!

  2. I am the exact opposite – summer allows me to have more time to cook up meals I have been hoarding on Pinterest. During the school year I just eating the same boring quick meals haha
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    1. Melanie

      Ha ha yes! My Pinterest board is piling up. My inspiration is starting to build and I am actually preparing something creative for dinner tonight!

  3. Kalley

    Honestly one of the best things I’ve had on the grill is a romain Caesar salad. Sounds bizzare but it is so delicious. Just grill a hearts of romaine (stalk? Whatever it’s called when its not all chopped) and do whatever toppings/dressing you want. The flavor of the grilled romaine is incredible!

  4. At least they are all healthy meals! I love the picture of Moose with the celery, so funny. I’m starting to become obsessed with German Shepherds now that Gigis gone because they remind me of her. I saw the Instagram photo of him with his front paws crossed and she used to sit like that all of the time. I thought it was because she was a lady, but that’s clearly not why. 😉
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    1. Melanie

      German Shepherds are so loyal, funny, and loving. Are you thinking about getting another pup?

      1. I think about getting another dog all of the time but we are currently renting a townhome with a ton of carpet so I worry about housebreaking a new dog. But if I did, I would try to find a German Shepherd or a mix like Gigi because she was incredibly loyal and so smart!
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    1. Melanie

      Yea he really wasn’t into the celery at all, hence his facial expression.

  5. I made a lot of smoothies in the summer. We grill lots of chicken too. I love to mix it up with different marinades. I also do a lot of salads and try to get creative with different toppings and fresh salad dressings. And when in doubt, spend more time on Pinterest! 😉
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    1. Melanie

      Yes, Pinterest has been very helpful when I’m losing my creativity mojo!

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