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A 7-Day Meal Plan Around Summer Activities

If you're like us, family parties, dinner with friends and maybe in-person book clubs and beer garden meet-ups are filling your schedule again. Instead of meal planning for just our immediate families, we’re starting to widen our circles. Here are some fun dinner ideas with those activities in mind.

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Sunday: Dinner with Extended Family

This pulled pork is tender and has a fabulous spice rub on it. It’s my sweetie’s favorite meal, and I love that it is so easy. You may add more or less salt to taste. —Katie Citrowske, Bozeman, Montana
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Monday: Catch Up with Friends

Who says cheese and sausage get to have all the fun? Make this a party go-to with any fruits that are in season. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Tuesday: Book Club

A friend gave me this recipe, and whenever I serve these tortilla pinwheel sandwiches, people ask me for the recipe, too! The cream cheese pinwheels can be made ahead of time and sliced just before serving, leaving you time for other last-minute party preparations. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
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Wednesday: A Night In with Family

You’ll love this easy version of a traditional Mexican favorite. Serve this al pastor bowl over rice or in tortillas with your favorite toppings. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Thursday: Beer Garden Picnic

It doesn’t get much easier, or more delicious, than this hot Italian sandwich recipe. These sandwiches are the perfect appetizer for parties, gatherings or a hungry family. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Friday: Neighborhood Grill-Out

We had these smoky campfire bundles at a friend’s house for dinner and loved the simplicity of this great summer meal. Now we often make it for summer weeknight dinners. —Alissa Keith, Forest, Virginia
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Saturday: Farmers Market Haul

Orzo is a tiny pasta shaped like rice. We use it as a base for veggies, lemony vinaigrette and cheeses such as mozzarella, feta or smoked Gouda. —Heather Dezzutto, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Emily Racette Parulski
Emily Racette Parulski is a Senior Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in email newsletters. When she’s not writing about food, she’s baking something sweet to feed her chocolate obsession.
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