Meal Plan: Summer Favorites

Rainbow Delicious Meal Plan: Summer Favorites 2013

Enjoy one last week of summer flavors in this 2013 Summer Favorites Meal Plan:

Spaghetti with Tomato Basil and Garlic Oil

Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Garlic Oil from Dinner Was Delicious

Originally Featured in Week 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time:  20 minutes

Ingredients: Spaghetti, Olive Oil, Garlic Cloves, Cherry Tomatoes, Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Black Pepper.

This is a super easy but really delicious recipe! We all loved it (although my kids may have refused to eat most of the tomatoes on their plates).  This is a great simple weeknight meal that is full of flavor. I love garlic so I added an extra clove in the olive oil.

Runner Ups:

Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake from Half Baked Harvest

Originally Featured in Week 7


Tomato and Peach Caprese Salad from Iowa Girl Eats

Originally Featured in Week 5

Middle Eastern TacosMiddle Eastern Carrot Tacos from Big Girls Small Kitchen

Originally Featured in Week 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time:  20  minutes  Total Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients:  Carrots, Parsley, Salt, Cumin, Coriander, Paprika, Cayenne, Olive Oil, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Mozzarella, Tortillas, Avocado.

I was curiously skeptical about these tacos but they turned out to be awesome.  The flavor was great and we all agreed that the carrots were transformed and didn’t even taste like carrots anymore. I will definitely be making these again.

Runner Ups:

Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions from Oh My Veggies

Originally Featured in Week 3


Avocado and Tangerine Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette from Bon Apetit

Originally Featured in Week 5

Mexican Corn FettucineSummer Grilled Mexican Street Corn Fettuccine from Half Baked Harvest

Originally Featured in Week 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time:  45 minutes

Ingredients: Fettuccine, Corn, Olive Oil, Butter, Lime Juice, Cilantro, Smoked Paprika, Chile Powder, Pepper, Salt, Red pepper, Onion, Jalapeno, Milk, Cream, Parmesan, Sharp White Cheddar, Basil, Bacon (optional), Cotija.

Seriously so so good! This dish was so amazing and full of flavor! I will definitely be making this again and I have decided it is one of my favorite dishes ever.  Instead of grilling my corn I just cut off the kernels and roasted them with a little salt, pepper and olive oil.  Besides that I followed the recipe pretty closely (adding extra cheese, cilantro and basil maybe…)

Runner Ups:

Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini from Smitten Kitchen

Originally Featured in Week 8


Chicken Black Bean and Vegetable Enchiladas from Cookie Monster Cooking

Originally Featured in Week 5

Greek Macaroni with Leeks Sun Dried Tomatoes Asiago and Feta CheeseGreek Macaroni and Cheese from Adventures in Cooking

Originally Featured in Week 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients: Garlic, Leek, Sweet Onion, Rigatoni, Feta Cheese, Asiago Cheese, Baby Spinach, Milk, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Heavy Cream, Butter, Olive Oil, Flour, Greek Oregano, Rosemary, Black Pepper.

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Seriously, this macaroni is my favorite I’ve made so far, and that is saying something because I try a lot of macaroni recipes.My parents and some of my siblings were over for this pasta and everyone thought it was great.  My block of feta was smaller than the recipe called for so I just added extra Asiago instead. Also, I purchased  sun dried tomatoes in a bag from Trader Joe’s instead of the jarred kind in juice and maybe it’s just me but I swear the dried kind are WAY better.  I know this recipe is a labor of love but I promise it is worth it!

Runner Ups:

Watermelon and Avocado Salad with Feta from Top of the Apple

Originally Featured in Week 9


Swiss Chard Lasagna from Big Girls Small Kitchen

Originally Featured in Week 12

Blackberry Basil Fontina SandwichGrilled Fontina + Blackberry Basil Smash Sandwiches from How Sweet It Is

Originally Featured in Week 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time:  15 minutes

Ingredients: Multigrain Bread, Fresh Blackberries, Basil Leaves, Fontina Cheese, Olive Oil or Butter.

Yum! I always love fruity grilled cheese sandwiches and these did not disappoint! I used butter instead of olive oil and my panin press instead of a pan, and I also added a little fresh honey to the smashed blackberries.  Our blackberries were picked the day before by my kids and I near our house and they were a little tart.  Everyone loved these and I will definitely be making them again!

Runner Ups:

Fig Prosciutto and Honey Mascarpone Pizza from Hello Home Blogge

Originally Featured in Week 9


Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with Orange from Delicious Shots

Originally Featured in Week 5

I hope you have enjoyed the recipes posted in the meal plans from Summer 2013!

What were some of your favorite dishes that you tried?

What fall dishes are you looking forward to in coming weeks?


Rainbow Delicious Meal Plan: Summer Favorites 2013

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  1. Emily Conkey says:

    I’ve made the enchiladas twice (LOVED THEM SO MUCH!), made the creamy quinoa caprese twice (so easy and so good!), and this week, I’m making the tomato zucchini gallette and the street corn fettucine. Seriously love your blog. Grocery list, done; thanks to you! Love you, Em!

    • I’m so happy that you have been able to try so many of the recipes so far! I hope you enjoy the tomato zucchini gallette and the street corn fettucine; I hope you love them!

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