Easy and Family-Friendly Summer Meals

Looking for easy and family-friendly summer meals? We’ve got you covered with two approaches: meals perfect for bulk preparation or quick prep, as well as customisable ‘build-your-own’ stations, ideal for catering for fussy eaters or intolerances.

Here are our top picks for both scenarios to help you get through the summer break!

Bulk Meals or Quick Prep: 

Cheesy Loaded Nachos with Smashed Avocado, Sour Cream and Pickled Onions – you can double the filling and prepare it a day or two in advance.

Zesty Smoked Salmon Pasta with Rocket and Peas – this salmon dish uses smoked salmon, making it a breeze to whip up!

Vietnamese Inspired Salad with Lemongrass Chicken – it’s such a fresh salad that can easily be doubled, the hardest part about this dish is simply chopping the veggies. All the elements can be prepared in advance and tossed together just before serving.

Vegetable Frittata with Capsicum Chutney – great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—you can throw leftover veggies in there too!

Moroccan-Inspired Roast Veggie and Couscous Salad – couscous takes less than 5 minutes to cook, while the oven does all the heavy lifting with the veggies, making this salad super easy to whip up!

Thai Red Curry Pork Meatballs with Bok Choy – simply prepare the meatballs a day or two in advance. Bok choy is a great veggie and doesn’t take long to cook.

Build-Your-Own Station:

Build-your-own meals are among our top favourites when hosting gatherings or having family dinners. This approach lets everyone customise their dish to their liking, which takes the pressure off and works perfectly for picky eaters or dietary restrictions.

Here are some BYO Station options 

Poke Bowls:

  • Rice (brown, white, or sushi rice)
  • Protein (chicken, salmon, prawns, tofu)
  • Veggies (cucumber, cabbage, carrot, capsicum, kale)
  • Toppings (toasted nuts/seeds, fresh herbs, chilli, pickled ginger, crispy shallots, crushed wasabi peas)
  • Dressings and Sauces (kewpie mayo, miso tahini sauce, creamy sriracha)

Burgers:

  • Bun or bun alternative
  • Protein (beef, veggies, chicken)
  • Salad fillings
  • Sauces (miso sauce, homemade BBQ sauce, special sauce)

Tacos:

  • Taco or lettuce cup
  • Protein (crumbed fish/chicken, mince mix, or beans)
  • Fresh fillings (salsa, slaw, iceberg lettuce, crispy corn, herbs)
  • Creamy (guac, sour cream, spicy sriracha sauce)

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