Summer Meals Ideas for Your Family

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With children out of school and long days ahead, it may be hard to think of creative meals to cook every week. But with monthly SNAP benefits, you can easily buy ingredients that will keep your family excited for their next meal. To help with your busy schedule, you can plan ahead and cook an extra chicken for one of these recipes. Check out these three easy recipes for the summer that are not only sure to be fun, but that are also easy to reheat for children who are able to safely navigate kitchen appliances.

Anytime Pizza

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 1/4 mini baguette or Italian bread (split lengthwise, or 2 split English muffins)
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese (part-skim, shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms (fresh or canned, sliced)
  • vegetable toppings (others, as desired, optional)
  • Italian seasoning (optional)


  1. Toast the bread or English muffin until slightly brown.
  2. Top bread or muffin with pizza sauce, vegetables and low-fat cheese.
  3. Sprinkle with Italian seasonings as desired.
  4. Return bread to toaster oven (or regular oven preheated to 350 °F).
  5. Heat until cheese melts.

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Shredded Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granulated
  • 1 cup bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup red onion, sliced
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 – 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups cole slaw, pre-made
  • 4 – 5 Hamburger potato buns


  1. In a medium pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté chicken bouillon, pepper, onion, and tomato sauce until onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add water and stir. Mix in chicken and stir to combine. Let cook for an additional 5 minutes and remove from the heat.
  2. Build the sandwich with a layer of the chicken and top with slaw.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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Peachy Pops

Ingredients (6 servings):

  • 2 peaches
  • 2/3 cup yogurt, low-fat vanilla
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 6 paper cups and 6 spoons*

*Paper cups and spoons are not eligible through SNAP but can be purchased for a dollar or two at your local dollar store.


  1. Use a knife to remove the skin from peaches, and to chop the peaches.
  2. Spoon the peaches into each of the 6 paper cups.
  3. Place the yogurt in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Slowly pour and stir the orange juice into the yogurt. Mix well.
  5. Pour some of the juice and yogurt mix into each cup to cover the peaches.
  6. Place a spoon in the center of each cup.
  7. Cut 6 squares of aluminum foil big enough to cover the tops of cups. Stab each spoon handle through each piece of foil. The foil will hold the spoon in the center of the cup.
  8. Place cups in the freezer for at least 4 hours. Just before serving, peel the paper cups away from the pops to eat.

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All of the ingredients for the above recipes are SNAP eligible. For questions about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or to receive Application Assistance contact the More In My Basket staff at

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