A father serves a family-friendly summer dinner recipe to a young child.

6 Easy Summer Dinner Recipes

As the weather heats up and the days get longer, our family tends to avoid spending time in a hot kitchen in lieu of more playtime! And I’m not sure about you, but the phrase “Lazy Days of Summer” rarely applies to my week. I want easy recipes that I can prep ahead/make in a hurry or ones that don’t require too much oven or stove power so I can keep my kitchen cool.

In good news, summer means some of the best fresh fruits and vegetables are in season and are easily included in meals. My favorites are cucumbers, zucchini, squash, bell peppers and fresh herbs. Of course, the list goes on and many of these are interchangeable in recipes!

If your family is like mine in the summer, you’ll enjoy these fresh, kid-friendly summer recipes that can keep playtime longer and kitchen time limited.

Easy Summer Dinner RecipesVietnamese Vermicelli, Shrimp & Cucumber Bowl – This is an easy prep ahead dish that requires little to no cooking. And, everyone can assemble their own bowl by mixing and matching fresh ingredients to their liking.

Summer Vegetable Pasta – This is a great pasta recipe for kids and adults alike! Add whatever fresh produce you have on hand to the easy-peasy cheesy sauce.

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Salmon – The slow cooker isn’t just for cold weather! Dust off that appliance to create this light meal when temperatures are hot outside.

Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce – The sauce is the star of this dish! You may just want to put it on everything.

Greek Turkey Burgers – Tired of the average cookout? This is a fun spin on the usual burger and it’s tasty and healthy to boot.

Quick & Easy Lemon Chicken – Make a double batch of this chicken to chop up and use on salads, sandwiches or other meals throughout the week.

Add a quick side to any of these entrees by combining fresh berries or other summer fruits to a green salad with a vinaigrette. While some children may not eat the lettuce, the fruit will certainly be appealing and can eventually warm them up to the idea of eating their greens. too.

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Ann Dunaway Teh is a registered and licensed dietitian. She is the founder and president of Dunaway Dietetics Inc., a nutrition consulting business, and has more than 15 years of experience managing and consulting with school programs, athletes, individuals, restaurants and hospitals. Ann is the mother of two precocious children who keep her on her toes and inspire her to create kid-friendly recipes on My Menu Pal, a healthy meal planning resource designed to help families eat better together.