If there’s one thing I love, it’s cooking an entire meal on the grill. It’s a great ‘Set It and Forget It’ meal, like the ones I recommend in How to Meal Plan Around Your Family’s Busy Schedule. Grill recipes don’t require constant attention and BONUS, the cleanup is super simple. But, the best part is that if you play your cards right and plan ahead, many meals cooked on the grill can be repurposed into totally different versions of themselves and really simplify the rest of your week.
And, let’s face it, repurposing leftovers is one of the most common ‘dinnertime dilemmas’, at least according to the folks in my Meal Planning Junkies Facebook community. Below are 12 simple grill recipes that will help make dinnertime a breeze for you during warm weather months, coupled with some strategies on how to repurpose them into ‘new’ dinners.
What a colorful salad, chocked full of healthy goodness! You can use it as a main dish or a gorgeous side.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Grill some extra veggies that you won’t include in the salad and use them as the base of fajitas or quesadillas as a way to mix up Taco Tuesday later in the week. Grab a rotisserie chicken from the store and you’ll have dinner done. Or, keep some of the veggies on the side and use them in a dinnertime frittata for a ‘fancy’ b’rinner (breakfast for dinner) option.
You had me at ‘Balsamic Glaze’. 🙂 And, the brussel sprouts don’t hurt, either. I love the idea of this twist on roasted brussel sprouts.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Take the leftovers and use in a salad. Toss in some bacon (because bacon makes EVERYTHING better), red onion, blue cheese, and almonds and a splash of olive or grapeseed oil and you’ve got a great side or entree salad.
We have a couple of raised garden beds in our backyard and luckily, we usually have a TON of squash and zucchini. And, since there’s only so many loaves of zucchini bread that I can fit in my freezer, having this recipe on hand is super helpful.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Cube the leftovers and use in a veggie pasta dish to liven up Pasta Night.
Asparagus on the grill is one of my favorites. I love how it gets slightly crispy and absorbs a ton of the flavor of any marinade or seasoning.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Grill some extra and save it for morning omelets or to amp up a simple lunch salad.
What a perfect pizza for the spring and summer!
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Grill extra peaches to use for dessert…duh. 🙂 And, buy more prosciutto and mozzarella than what you’ll use on the pizza for an easy sandwich night.
I love this twist on pesto. Cilantro is such a flavor-forward herb and it really packs a punch that’s perfect for the spring.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Skip the skewers and use a grill pan like this. For a busy weeknight, mama ain’t got time for skewers, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want yummy food. I just choose to cook it in a way that’s a bit simpler.
Huge fan, here, of cooking meat and veggies on the grill. Again, it cuts down on the amount of time you need to spend scurrying around in the kitchen and slashes the amount of clean up required. Yes, yes, and yes.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Use the leftover pork for grilled sandwiches. Just slice the pork, add a great cheese and sliced apples, and finish with a spread of jam and dijon mustard. Done and done.
Can you tell I love balsamic vinegar? 🙂 You can also swap in a great fruit-flavored vinegar, too.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: For sure, repurpose the leftovers to simplify dinner later in the week. Shred the chicken and use in tacos, a soup, a grilled sandwich, or a simple chicken salad.
This one is a great meal to include the kids in on the prep. And, since the flavors are pretty familiar, there’s a great chance it’ll be a hit.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Make some extra sauce, put it in a freezer-safe container or bag, and keep it on hand for the next pasta or pizza night.
This is one of my favorite Wildtree recipes and it’s all because of the Asian Ginger Plum Dressing. It is so stinkin’ good. If you want it, go grab it here: www.mywildtree.com/angiet.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Again, ditch the skewers and get the grill basket. Second, if you don’t have the Wildtree version of the sauce, look for something in the salad dressing aisle with an Asian flair and ginger. FINALLY, use #alltheleftovers in wraps. They are TO.DIE.FOR.
Wait! I can use iced tea for more than a drink? What a great idea!
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: Slice the leftover chicken and use for lunches in wraps or sandwiches. Pack them as you’re cleaning up so you won’t need to do it later.
I can’t wait for peaches to come in season in Virginia! This recipe has my name all over it.
Meal Planning Mama’s Tip: I’m stumped on this one. The chance of their being leftovers is right at ZERO percent. Maybe…use the leftover ice cream and peaches in a milkshake? 🙂
Hopefully, these grill recipes will not only serve to help you make a simple dinner the night of, but they will also help lighten your load later in the week by following some of my tips. What’s your tried-and-true favorite meal to cook on the grill?
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