Before you get too sick of sandwiches, I wanted to remind you of a great summer lunch idea that you can make in 5 minutes. Then stay tuned, because we’ve got a huge list of ideas that will save you as you feed your family this summer!
5-Minute Summer Lunch
It’s no secret that our family loves chips and dips. We eat them as meals and as side dishes, and of course, as snacks! This dip has become one of our favorites to eat as a meal. We can put it together in 5-minutes, and it is delicious! It’s filled with good protein, and the flavor is fabulous!
This recipe includes only 3 simple, real food ingredients. Blend them together quickly to enjoy for a fast lunch. Eat it along with fresh fruit, and truly, this is an awesome summer lunch!
Simple Bean and Cheese Salsa Dip
- 16-ounces salsa (any variety)
- 8-ounces softened cream cheese
- 15-ounce can refried beans or pinto beans
- Blend ingredients together until smooth.
- Serve hot or cold with corn tortilla chips.
Psst!! Want more easy, real food recipes that include 5 or fewer ingredients? You’ll love this!
Your Real Food Master Simple Lunch List
Want more easy lunch ideas for this summer? We’ve got huge list of ideas we’ll share below.
Let’s get started with suggestions for your Simple Summer Lunch:
We’ll begin with fruits and veggies because instead of thinking of them second, let’s start thinking of them first!
Fruits and veggies that can be pulled from the fridge and served immediately with little to no prep (beyond washing):
- Baby carrots (I like the petite carrots – they are sweeter and easier to eat!)
- Grape tomatoes
- Mini sweet peppers
- Sugar snap peas
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Fresh Spinach or Mixed Greens
Fruits and veggies that take a few minutes of prep but are still super simple:
- Sliced apples
- Sliced peaches or nectarines
- Steamed peas (frozen peas cook very quickly!)
- Sliced cucumbers
- Sliced sweet peppers
- Raw broccoli “trees”
- Cut cantaloupe
- Watermelon wedges
- Sliced pears
- Pineapple chunks
- Steamed green beans (frozen green beans take just a few minutes, but can cook themselves while you get the remainder of lunch ready)
If you have Homemade Ranch Dip or Hummus on hand, these can be thrown onto the table quickly to help get the veggies down!
Simple Lunches that can be made ahead of time and warmed up quickly:
- Bean and Cheese Burritos
- Meat and Cheese Burritos
- Black Bean Salsa (No need to warm this up! Just take a few minutes to put this together, refrigerate, then pull it out and serve!)
- Cheesy Salsa Enchiladas (These only take about 15 minutes to put together from start to finish. Make them ahead and bake as needed.)
- Chicken Salad
- Tuna Salad
- Sloppy Joes
- Taco Salad
- Simple Chicken Cheeseballs with a Kick
Simple Lunches that can be thrown together with little prep time:
- Black Bean Chicken Nachos
- Homemade Pizza (I’ve been buying ready-made whole wheat pizza crusts from Azure Standard and they are awesome! I can make Homemade Pizza Crusts to keep in the freezer, but I don’t have time right now, so purchased crusts for the win!)
- Easy Cheesy Bean Dip
- Pizza Boats
- Creamy Mac and Cheese
- Beanie Weanies
- Simple Last Minute Nacho Plate
- Sliced Ham
- Simple Crock Pot Pizza Casserole (take 5 minutes to put this together in your crock pot during breakfast; then serve it at lunchtime!)
- Turkey and Cheese Melts (use leftover bread or buns, top them with lunch meat and cheese, then melt them under a broiler for 2-3 minutes)
Simple Lunches that are flexible and can be eaten in more than one way:
- Chili (served on baked potatoes, hot dogs, or in a bowl by itself!)
- Baked Potatoes in the Crock Pot (serve with chili, taco toppings, ham and cheese, or plain ol’ butter and sour cream!)
- Real Food “Velveeta” and Rotel Dip (serve with chips, then serve the leftovers over pastaor baked potatoes)
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What would you add to the list? What are your favorite simple lunches to feed your family?