by Amanda Goetz

I refuse to complain about the extended heat wave gripping the eastern seaboard. Winters here in the Great white North are too long and too hard for such crazy-talk. I will however say it is too hot to be standing over a hot stove for hours! When it’s hot like this I like to make double duty meals: cook once, eat twice. Summer should be spent running through sprinklers, reading a good {trashy if you please} book and sipping cocktails on a patio, so here’s a list of yummy, easy dinners (with something for everyone) you can pull off in about 30 minutes that will get you through two weeks with minimal time in the kitchen.

Day 1 ~ Beer Can Chicken with Roasted Potatoes

Everyone knows how to roast a beer can chicken right? Throw some sliced potatoes, sliced onions, baby carrots, salt, pepper and garlic butter in a foil pan, cover with tin foil and slide it onto the grill next to the chicken over med-low heat. By the time the chicken is done so will the potatoes. No time to roast a chicken? Pick up a rotisserie one from the grocery store, great taste, no work!

Day 2 ~ Grilled Sausage & Peppers on a Bun with Baked Garlicky Wedge Fries

Slice up some red, green and yellow peppers as well as an onion, toss in a wee bit of olive oil and fold into a packet made from tinfoil. Place on the BBQ over med-low heat and grill some of your favouite sausages. Put your sausage on a toasted bun and top with the pepper and onion mixture. Make some of these amazing wedge fries (can be made on the grill on a foil baking sheet) and dinner is ready!

Day 3 ~ Chicken Caesar Salad

Use leftover chicken from Day 1 and toss with fresh made Caesar salad. Want to make your salad extra yummy? Use this Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing recipe!

Day 4 ~ Burgers and Veggies 

Grill up some burgers and serve along side some fresh veggies and dip. Want to learn how to cook a burger like a pro? Check this out: How To Make Your Burger Like a Restaurant Burger – at Home!

Day 5 ~ Sausage and Pepper Penne

Slice up leftover sausage and peppers from Day 2, mix with your favourite jarred marinara and serve over Penne pasta.

Day 6 ~ Mild Curry Chicken Pizza on Naan 

Picky eaters? Make this with pizza sauce and pepperoni instead.

Day 7 ~ Steak and Baked Potatoes

Simple and easy. Make a few extra potatoes, you’ll thank me tomorrow.

Day 8 ~ Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Potato Salad and Baked Apples

Sprinkle seasoned salt and garlic powder all over the Pork Tenderloin and grill over medium heat. Dice up the baked potatoes, 2 hard boiled eggs and 1/2 an onion. Add 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup caesar salad dressing, salt and pepper to taste and 1/2 tsp paprika. For the apples, core some apples (1/2 an apple per person is a good serving) and stuff each with a mixture of 1 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. Place in a shallow foil pan, cover with foil and bake on the grill over med-low heat.

Day 9 ~ Grilled Chicken Souvlaki and Greek Salad 

Day 10 ~ Easy Pasta Primavera

Sautée some garlic, sliced green, red and yellow peppers, onion, zucchini, eggplant and whatever other veggie you like in a bit of olive oil. Add your favourite jarred marinara sauce or a can of diced stewed tomatoes and some Italian seasoning and serve over angel hair pasta.

Day 11 ~ Cedar Plank Salmon with Baked Potatoes

Soak cedar planks (you can get them at the grocery store now!) weighted down in water. Place over med heat on the BBQ and put your salmon fillet directly on it. Brush the salmon with maple syrup. Serve with baked potatoes and a salad.

Day 12 ~ BLT Pasta Salad with Grilled Garlic Bread

Buy a garlic loaf from the grocery store, place on the grill over low heat and bake until heated through.

Day 13 – Crockpot Pulled Pork

Pick up some coleslaw from the deli and save yourself all that slicing!

Day 14 ~ Roasted Veggie Penne

Roast veggies in a foil pan on the BBQ, bake it on the BBQ over indirect heat.

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Amanda Goetz is a WAHM to 3 kids under the age of 5. Her love of cooking was fostered when she was a preschooler helping her grandma in the kitchen. After a year long stint as a sous chef, she left the industry to continue cooking as a hobby before the stress and politics of a professional kitchen killed her love of cooking. Now she creates delicious dinners and delectable desserts for her family and friends and blogs about it at The Best Mom on the Block.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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