Oh hi. Have we met? My name is Sarah and before you get your cute self down the page, there are TWO THINGS you should know:
1. I am never willing to sacrifice good food for fast food, because I know (and so fiercely believe) that you can have both.
2. I am self-admittedly a total loophole girl in the kitchen. As in, if there is a way to make things easier and save time, while still tasting great and being healthy for you, I am in.
And I tow that tiny delicate little line, daily. Always pushing the limits- ha.
My goal is always single focused, no matter if it’s a quick weeknight meal for the two of us, or we’ve got fam & friends coming over by the pack: to make great food that’s good for you (because obviously) , but that it also has to also be simple and easy.
So that you (and I) actually DO IT.
And cook somewhat often, as a normal part of a healthy life.
But, you know, a #reallife.
Because personally– I can think of so many other beautiful and fun things to do with my time on this earth than being stuck in the kitchen all day.
And also– maybe more importantly: part of having a good relationship to food, means not having to think about it all the time, or overly obsess about it.
Or on the totaly opposite side of things– to get surprised that yes, EVERY SINGLE DAY, you will in fact get hungry or have to eat. So it’s worth thinking just a little tiny bit ahead of time instead of letting it sneak up on you everyday.
Trust me. It’s such a more grounded and joyful place to be.
No more food drama in your life. Deal?
But in order to get there, you have to learn how to make that a reality for yourself. Like specifically: how and what do you shop for, and what do you cook and how do you make it all…. well, more effortless and maybe even fun?
Because most of us never learned this stuff, growing up. But it makes all the difference in the world! And I’m on a mission to teach it, and prove it.
This is why writing these seasonal meal plans is one of my favorite things to do. It’s like a blueprint of my brain– walking you through exactly what to do so you can train your brain to do the same.
To get in the flow, and to keep it simple.
Especially for SUMMER.
Because it’s the season of freedom and ease.
At least I think it should be. Because there are just too many other fun things to be doing this time of year.
I mean. Like maybe drinking frose on your back patio with a big fat smile on your face, or bathing in food compliments at the next BBQ.
To each, their own.
So…. what exactly is the Summer Meal Plan?
The Summer Meal Plan is a 4 week set of printable weekly (naturally gluten-free) meal plans, with super-easy and healthy recipes
a once-a-week printable shopping list, coordinated perfectly, so you can cook under 3 hours a week, and eat gorgeous, healthy real food at every meal.
It’s your ticket to easily upgrading your weekday eating game, so you can:
a) stop wasting time searching for actually healthy recipes, cooking hour-long dinners at night, or having marathon multi-hour meal-prep sessions on Sundays.
b) stop wasting money eating out all the time (breakfast, lunch and dinner are done for you, and exciting). These will make your co-workers jealous.
c) feel better in your daily life, and have more energy to dominate your life.
c) get out of your boring recipe routine and learn some new easy gems you can host with, and eat all season long.
e) get in and out of the store & cook for the week in approximately 3 hours or less PER WEEK!
f) eat amazing tasting, tested and simple to prepare HEALTHY, real food, all #simplyrealhealth style
How Does It Work?
It’s almost too easy, really.
1. Sign up here.
2. That Friday, you will get a printable shopping list and the plan/recipes for the week, with specific instructions of what to make when (and how long it will take you, so you can plan your week accordingly and adjust things to your own schedule as you need to). It’s flexible, based on your schedule.
3. You get the whole weekend to prepare, shop & cook a few things as you’d like, and are ready to hit the new week with a plan and awesome food ready to go.
4. Repeat for 4 weeks total. Boom. New recipes learned, loved and ready to repeat as you’d like.
1. Weekly printable shopping list
2. Weekly recipes and directions, sent directly to your inbox, once a week for 4 weeks (that’s $25/week to not have to worry/plan or think about what to eat and shop for).
3. Gorgeous bonus real food and Simply Real Health Guides on ($55 value on their own!)
- Healthy Pantry & Freezer Guide/Checklist
- Real Food 101 Guide
- Eating Out & Traveling Guide
- Healthy Breakfast & Brunch Recipes
- Swap This For That Guide
- A Healthy Cocktail Ritual & Recipe Guide
- Real-Food Dessert Recipes & Guide
- Healthy Snack Recipes & Guide
- plus, a few secret bonus guides along the way!
4. Real-Food Basics: the what, the why, the good & the bad, what it is and what’s it’s not: why real food is the only way to go.
5. Over 41 amazing simple, naturally gluten-free & real food recipes, including new green smoothie recipes, make-ahead lunch ideas, one-pan dinners, picnic ideas, BBQ recipes, healthier desserts, and fun weekend brunch ideas.
All seasonal, fresh & delicious!
Some of our favorite ones this season? See below to see the entire Recipe List & Photo Gallery below!
// Registration officially opens today! //
The 2017 Summer Meal Plan Full Recipe List Sneak Peek:
The Baja Chopped Caesar Salad
The Summer Green Smoothie Slushee
Summer Cookout Salad
Fire Roasted Herby Corn Salad
Roasted Broccoli, Basil & Goat Cheese Pizzas
Fancy Lady Chicken Wings
Vanilla Mint Cold Brew Coffee with Easy Homemade Almond Milk
Pesto Quinoa & Tomato Basil Salad
Homemade Shrimp Cocktail
Chili Lime Jicama Salad
Turkey, Scallion and Apple Burgers
Chopped Basil Romaine Salad
The Legendary Sister Salad (ATGO Salad)
Chicken Sausage + Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini
Shrimp Cocktail & Avocado Lettuce Cups
Green Bean, Cantaloupe, Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
The BOMB Savory Yogurt Bowl
The Peanut Butter Cocoa Nib Green Smoothie
Homemade Green Acai Bowls (& Toppings Bar)
Pesto Chicken & Grape Waldorf Salad
Mediterranean Lamb and Veggie Skewers
Healthy Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Summer Fridge Tabbouleh
Ombre Juicy Ice Cubes (for cocktails & sparkling bevvies)
Grilled Clams with Parsley Chive Butter
Chipotle Potato Salad
Heirloom Tomato, Steak, Blue Cheese + Arugula Salad
Radish Top Creamy Green Salad
Zucchini Noodle Spaghetti Aglio Olio
Easy Watermelon Granitas
Grilled Steak with Coffee Rub
Lemon Chive Lobster Rolls
Summer Herby Quinoa Picnic Salad
Strawberries & Cream Popsicles
Cucumber Watermelon Gazpacho
Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Parfaits
GF Blueberry Scones
Mint Chocolate Coconut Milkshakes
Oregano-Lime Sour Cocktail
Cucumber Mint Margaritas
Watermelon Juice Frose
plus secret bonus recipes each week!
// Sign up today & get week 1’s recipes + shopping list delivered tomorrow! //
*all recipes are gluten-free, and most are easy to modify for dairy-free options too!
Q: What if I am a picky eater/am cooking for a picky eater/have food sensitivities?
A: If you’re picky- I think I can change your mind. That’s because we think everything in the plan tastes great and would be worth a try first, even if its out of your comfort zone.
If it’s about food sensitivities- all of the recipes are designed for easy swap-outs- whether you are vegetarian, dairy-free or gluten-intolerant (the entire plan is naturally gluten-free and dairy optional).
Q: What if I’m traveling, or have to go out for dinner or lunches on certain days?
A: That’s totally fine! The Meal Plan is meant to give you structure and recipes that use the same ingredients in different ways, so you can modify the plan or start and stop it around your travel schedule easily.
Q: Is anything off-limits? Coffee, wine, desserts, etc?
A: No, nothing is off limits at all. This is not a diet plan– just a way to help you maximize your healthy eating, mix up your routine and get you eating and feeling better without so much effort!
Q: I did last year’s Summer Meal Plan. Are the recipes the same? Or the same as the cookbook, if I have it already?
The recipes this round have been freshened up, and a few new ones are added, but most is the same as last year. If you just want to purchase the new recipes, send me an email. It’s possible!
Q: So, what did people think about the last Seasonal Meal Plan?
“Finally a smart, practical way of living and learning about eating and your health. It just makes sense where other fads or diets don’t, for the longterm. The way you feel, the amount of energy I had and my now glowing skin is all the proof I needed. Thank you!” — Janna P.
“I liked the grocery checklist. Correction – LOVED the grocery list. I haven’t wasted food since I started, we’re spending WAY less on our weekly grocery bill and my picky husband LOVES the food. Triple win”- Casey B.
“This is the perfect way to take the thought and stress out of figuring out how to eat correctly. And, I have never felt better in my life!” – John P.
“I feel SO much better. I always thought I was a really healthy eater and this has completely changed my perspective. I have lost weight [a nice side effect], I don’t wake up in the morning with stomach aches, and my skin is clearer– plus so many other things. I’m a real-food convert now!” – Amanda D.
“The meal plan was a pretty easy way to learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your every day life- not just sporadic days here and there. And the food was bomb.com- it definately got me out of my cooking rut and with some great new favorites. The blog is not even a TINY smidge of the awesome recipes that Sarah gives. I seriously can’t wait for next season to get more!” – Alex G.
“I am feeling more creative and inspired in the kitchen–the fact that it’s with healthy food is even more of a bonus!” – Christine V.
Ready to get started?
Just sign up here and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier, and much sweeter summer.
Questions about anything, or if this is right for you?
Leave me a comment below, send me a message on facebook or instagram @simplyrealhealth or shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Never done a Simply Real Health Meal Plan before and not sure if you’ll like it? Take last season’s plan for a mini 3 day test run, here. It’s free.
photos by Carina Skrobecki and myself