August Weeknight Meals

Published on July 29, 2020 - Updated on August 30, 2020

Get inspired in the kitchen this month with great flavors for the whole family!!

I have so many favorite mid-to-late-summer produce favorites, but the bounty of herbs, avocados, and tomatoes probably top my list. I've been making basil pesto for a long time, but some of the other herbs in my garden are outpacing the basil this year. So I discovered a few alternative pesto recipes -- try this oregano one or this sage pesto and feel free to adapt with what you have.

Pesto is easy to freeze (just top with a little olive oil in a freezer-ready container), so make extra to have all year long and then check out all the different recipes below incorporating fresh herb variations! That California BLT incorporates avocado, tomato, AND basil, so you might want to start there.


Monday - Korean Beef Bowls

Tuesday - Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches

Wednesday - Summer Rolls

Thursday - Skillet Grilled Fish with Cilantro-Lime Crema

Friday - Kimchi Pork Burgers


Monday - Pan-Seared Scallops with Chorizo and Corn

Tuesday - Summer Pesto Mini Meatball Soup

Wednesday - Mojo Meatballs

Thursday - Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad -- easy to add protein to this one!

Friday - Seared Hanger Steaks with Black-Eyed Pea and Tomato Salad


Monday - Fish, Corn, and Chorizo Grill Packets

Tuesday - BBQ Chicken Pan Pizza

Wednesday - Rigatoni with Sausage, Beans, and Greens

Thursday - California BLT with Avocado and Basil Mayonnaise

Friday - Easy Pesto Pasta


Monday - Rosemary Dijon Turkey Kabobs

Tuesday - Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Panzanella

Wednesday - Chilled Zucchini Soup with Chicken -- our kids first had chilled soup at school. I wouldn't have thought to have kids try it, but they love it!

Thursday - Ramen Noodles with Miso Pesto

Friday - Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta

If you have recipes you'd like to suggest for our September edition, we would love to hear from you at  If you feel inclined, we welcome your family's favorites from this month's list by tagging us on Instagram@gethappyly.

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