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Your August Meal Plan

Spend less time planning dinner and more time enjoying the summer weather with 31 days of quick, family-friendly meals. Each summery main is paired with a quick side for the best dinner ever.

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Day 1: Beef ChimichangasTaste of Home

Day 1: Beef Chimichangas

My husband loves this beef chimichanga recipe! I often double the recipe and freeze the chimichangas individually to take out as needed. I serve them with shredded lettuce and sour cream. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, Delaware

Goes Great With: Instant Pot Black Beans

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Day 2: Smoked Paprika ChickenTaste of Home

Day 2: Smoked Paprika Chicken

I truly appreciate the speed of the multi-cooker. We use it often for this smoked paprika chicken recipe. The seasoned sauce gets its richness from sour cream. —Holly Ottum, Racine, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Green Beans in Bacon Cheese Sauce

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Day 3: Rosemary Salmon and VeggiesTaste of Home

Day 3: Rosemary Salmon and Veggies

My husband and I eat a lot of salmon. One night, while in a rush to get dinner on the table, I created this rosemary salmon meal. It's a keeper! You can also include sliced zucchini, small cauliflower florets or fresh green beans. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

Goes Great With: Roasted Asparagus

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Day 4: Teriyaki Shish KabobsTaste of Home

Day 4: Teriyaki Shish Kabobs

When I was a teenager, my father worked for an airline, and my family lived on the island of Guam in the South Pacific. A friend of my mother gave her this tangy-sweet recipe, and we enjoyed it often. Now I make it for my family, and they're big fans as well. —Suzanne Pelegrin, Ocala, Florida

Goes Great With: Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Day 5: Quick Apricot ChickenTaste of Home

Day 5: Quick Apricot Chicken

This simple apricot chicken is one of my favorite dishes. Everybody just loves it and leftovers are always just as good the next day. For variation, I’ve used pork instead of chicken and added additional ingredients like pineapple, mandarin oranges, snow peas and broccoli. –Vicki Ruiz, Twin Falls, Idaho

Goes Great With: Grilled Broccoli

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Day 6: Lime Chicken TacosTaste of Home

Day 6: Lime Chicken Tacos

Our fun, simple chicken taco recipe is perfect for a relaxing dinner with friends. If we have any leftover filling, I toss it into a garden-fresh taco salad. —Tracy Gunter, Boise, Idaho

Goes Great With: Jalapeno Popper Mexican Street Corn

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Day 7: Easy Taco PizzaTaste of Home

Day 7: Easy Taco Pizza

Convenient prebaked crust makes this tasty taco pizza as easy as can be. It's a great recipe, especially if you have teenagers. I keep the ingredients on hand so that we can whip up this filling meal anytime. —Mary Cass, Baltimore, Maryland

Goes Great With: Grilled Corn in Husks

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Day 8: Stir-Fry Rice BowlTaste of Home

Day 8: Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

My meatless version of Korean bibimbap is tasty, pretty and easy to tweak for different spice levels. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

Goes Great With: Hot and Sour Soup

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Day 9: Grilled Pork with Avocado SalsaTaste of Home

Day 9: Grilled Pork with Avocado Salsa

I love the zesty taste of this moist grilled tenderloin. The cumin, avocado and jalapeno give it southwestern flair. It's an easy, elegant way to prepare pork. —Josephine Devereaux Piro, Easton, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Zucchini Pancakes

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Day 10: Chicken Parmesan BurgersTaste of Home

Day 10: Chicken Parmesan Burgers

A restaurant-quality burger that's topped with marinara and loaded with cheese—what's not to love? Fresh basil adds even more flavor. —Brooke Petras, Alpine, California

Goes Great With: Zucchini Panzanella Salad

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Day 11: Barbecued Picnic ChickenTaste of Home

Day 11: Barbecued Picnic Chicken

I like to serve this savory chicken at family picnics. Cooked on a covered grill, the poultry stays so tender and juicy. Everyone loves the zesty, slightly sweet homemade barbecue sauce—and it's so easy to make. —Priscilla Weaver, Hagerstown, Maryland

Goes Great With: Heirloom Tomato Salad

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Day 12: Campfire Trout DinnerTaste of Home

Day 12: Campfire Trout Dinner

Your fresh catch will taste even better with this simple treatment that keeps the fish moist. Carrots are an excellent accompaniment; cook up in a separate foil packet. —Wendy McGowan, Fontana, California

Goes Great With: Colorful Quinoa Salad

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Day 13: Beef Brisket on BunsTaste of Home

Day 13: Beef Brisket on Buns

With its slightly smoky flavor, this beef turns out tender and delicious every time! Plus, it slices well so it looks great on a buffet. —Deb Waggoner, Grand Island, Nebraska

Goes Great With: Grilled Sweet Corn

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Day 14: Garden-Fresh Grilled Veggie Pizza	Taste of Home

Day 14: Garden-Fresh Grilled Veggie Pizza

I have four gardens and, between them, I grow a pretty good spread of veggies. I created this loaded-up pizza as a fun summer appetizer using some of my best garden goodies. —Dianna Wara, Washington, Illinois

Goes Great With: Summer Salad by the Lake

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Day 15: Skillet Plum Chicken Tenders	Taste of Home

Day 15: Skillet Plum Chicken Tenders

If you love plums, this recipe is for you! I combine the fruit with chicken tenders for a quick, easy and flavorful meal. Serve with brown rice or orzo pasta. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Goes Great With: Smoky Cauliflower

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Day 16: Barbecued Chicken PizzasTaste of Home

Day 16: Barbecued Chicken Pizzas

So fast and so easy with refrigerated pizza crust, these saucy, smoky pizzas make quick fans with their rustic, hot-off-the-grill flavor. They're perfect for impromptu cookouts and summer dinners on the patio. —Alicia Trevithick, Temecula, California

Goes Great With: Marinated Cucumbers

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Day 17: Rhode Island Hot WienersTaste of Home

Day 17: Rhode Island Hot Wieners

Many Rhode Islanders spell wiener with an “ei” and serve theirs “all the way” with meat sauce, mustard, onion and a sprinkle of celery salt. —Karen Barros, Bristol, Rhode Island

Goes Great With: Garlic-Chive Baked Fries

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Day 18: Saucy Barbecue Shrimp	Taste of Home

Day 18: Saucy Barbecue Shrimp

This old, rustic Cajun dish is one of our family favorites. Don't remove the shells from the shrimp—the beauty of this dish is peeling the shrimp and dipping it in the sauce. We've doubled and even tripled this barbecue shrimp to feed crowds and it's always perfect! —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas

Goes Great With: Salsa Rice

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Day 19: Baby Back RibsTaste of Home

Day 19: Baby Back Ribs

Slow-cook the ribs during the day and they will be ready to finish on the grill when you get home. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Cheesy Sliced Potatoes

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Day 20: Sesame Ginger Beef Skewers	Taste of Home

Day 20: Sesame Ginger Beef Skewers

My family loves the flavors of these zippy kabobs. They're perfect for a laid-back cookout in the backyard. —Jasey McBurnett, Rock Springs, Wyoming

Goes Great With: Sesame-Ginger Cucumber Salad

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Day 21: Linguine with Broccoli Rabe & PeppersTaste of Home

Day 21: Linguine with Broccoli Rabe & Peppers

Broccoli rabe is one of my favorite veggies. Since it cooks right with the pasta, you can multitask. Before you know it, dinner is served. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

Goes Great With: Squash Ribbons

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Day 22: Honey Chicken Stir-FryTaste of Home

Day 22: Honey Chicken Stir-Fry

I'm a new mom, and my schedule is very dependent upon our young son, so I like meals that can be ready in as little time as possible. This all-in-one chicken stir fry recipe with a hint of sweetness from honey is a big time-saver. —Caroline Sperry, Allentown, Michigan

Goes Great With: Hawaiian Fried Rice

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Day 23: Carolina-Style Pork BarbecueTaste of Home

Day 23: Carolina-Style Pork Barbecue

I am originally from North Carolina (where swine is divine) and this recipe for the slow cooker is a family favorite. My husband swears my authentic Carolina ‘cue is the best BBQ he has ever eaten! —Kathryn Ransom Williams, Sparks, Nevada

Goes Great With: Air-Fryer Potato Chips

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Day 24: Caribbean Shrimp & Rice BowlTaste of Home

Day 24: Caribbean Shrimp & Rice Bowl

I had a similar rice bowl on vacation and re-created this lighter version at home. It takes me back to the islands every time I make it. Try grilling the shrimp for more beachy flavor. —Lauren Katz, Ashburn, Virginia

Goes Great With: Grilled Cajun Green Beans

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Day 25: Shredded Barbecue Chicken over GritsTaste of Home

Day 25: Shredded Barbecue Chicken over Grits

There’s nothing like juicy meat over steaming grits. And the pumpkin in these grits makes them taste like a spicy, comforting bowl of fall flavors. Your family will come running to the table for this one. —Erin Renouf Mylroie, Santa Clara, Utah

Goes Great With: Curried Sweet Potato Wedges

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Day 26: Grilled Skirt Steak with Red Peppers & OnionsTaste of Home

Day 26: Grilled Skirt Steak with Red Peppers & Onions

This fun dish is a welcome part of our family cookouts. It makes a quick and delicious steak and vegetable combo that's ideal for lunch or dinner. —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California

Goes Great With: Oven Fries

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Day 27: Ultimate Grilled Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Day 27: Ultimate Grilled Pork Chops

A little brining and a special dry rub go a long way to making the perfect pork chop. Once you've mastered how to cook thick pork chops, you'll be enjoying them all summer long. —Matthew Hass, Franklin, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Authentic German Potato Salad

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Day 28: Curry Turkey Stir-FryTaste of Home

Day 28: Curry Turkey Stir-Fry

Just open the fridge and go to town making this throw-together curry. We prefer turkey, but if you like chicken, shrimp, even bean sprouts and carrots, by all means, add them. —Lauren Rush, Clark, New Jersey

Goes Great With: Bread Machine Naan

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Day 29: Potato-Sausage Foil PacksTaste of Home

Day 29: Potato-Sausage Foil Packs

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

Goes Great With: Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute

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Day 30: Quick Tacos al PastorTaste of Home

Day 30: Quick Tacos al Pastor

We loved the pork and pineapple tacos from a food truck in Hawaii. My husband, a high school football referee, gives my version a thumb’s up. —Lori McLain, Denton, Texas

Goes Great With: Southwestern Rice

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Key West Flank SteakTaste of Home

Day 31: Key West Flank Steak

My husband, Jason, is the cook in our family. This is his recipe, inspired by his Colombian roots and our visits to Key West. Sometimes we grill extra lime and onion slices alongside. Serve with sides of rice and fried plantains. —Gretchen Ospina, Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Goes Great With: Cilantro-Lime Rice

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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