Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Recipes for Fast and Fancy Summer Suppers — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Some weeks our meal plan has a clear goal or theme that runs through it, and other weeks it's just a collection of recipes that look delicious. This week's challenge, though, is that most of what I'm craving right now — fast and fancy summer suppers — doesn't feel super kid-friendly on paper.

So this week I'm sharing the meals I'm making, plus how I'll adapt, rename, or rework these recipes to get — fingers-crossed! — my kids to try some new-to-them meals.


Recipe: Trail Mix Cookies — Easy Snack Recipes

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What's not to love about trail mix? It's equal parts sweet, savory, crunchy, and chewy — a perfect snack no matter what you're craving. Throwing all these elements into a soft oatmeal cookie yields a one-handed treat that's easier to eat than trail mix, yet still offers that same satisfying mix of dried fruit, toasty nuts, sweet chocolate, and yes, even salty bits of crunchy pretzel. Let's just call these little guys trailblazers (pun intended), shall we?


20 Simple Summer Salads to Make for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

In the summertime, "salad night" is a regular part of my dinner rotation. Some weeks I'll even do salad night twice. It's the simplest, most delicious way to clean out the crisper at the end of the week, a fun way to use up my farmers market haul, and, when it's hot and I'm tired, it makes dinner super easy. From all-veggie salads to more substantial salads topped with meat or (ahem) beefed up with beans and hearty grains, here are 20 delicious salads to add to your summer meal plan.


How To Make 3-Ingredient Slime Without Borax — Craft Lessons from The Kitchn

It was my 5-year-old who introduced me to homemade slime via YouTube — something she's allowed to watch during her allotted screen time, which we monitor. I was surprised by how easy it was to make. The first recipe we tried involved Borax, something I had on hand from an experiment in making my own laundry detergent (this was before I had two children, obviously). The resulting slime was fine, but smelled noxious and I ended up throwing it away after about an hour of play.

Repeated requests for more slime led me down a rabbit hole of slime recipes — slime made with yogurt, another with cornstarch and glue, and a disastrous batch made with shaving cream. Either the recipe didn't hold up well to play or they didn't work at all. That's until we found this one. This slime recipe calls for just three ingredients — school glue, baking soda, and contact solution — each of which we have on hand at all times.


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