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VBS Week Meal Ideas

Jul 14, 2023 | Food and Kitchen, Featured, Home

Summer is here and with it comes warmer temperatures and summer activities, like Vacation Bible School! VBS week or church camp weeks (especially if you’re serving in any capacity!) can be busy and exhausting, so we’ve compiled some quick, family-friendly meal ideas and tips for planning ahead!

Taco Night

“Taco night! Tacos are a quick & easy meal when the meat has been made ahead of time. Just warm it up on the stovetop as you gather all the other taco toppings & everyone can be eating in less than 15 minutes.” – Heather Nankey (@keyvalley)

Taco topping ideas:

Protein – ground beef, chicken, or turkey; shredded beef or shredded rotisserie chicken
Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Chopped cilantro or green onions
Chopped tomatoes

For a variation on taco night, but with fewer dishes, try taco salad.

Taco Salad

(recipe submitted by Kathy Lawson)

Ingredients:

1 lb of ground beef (or protein of choice)
taco seasoning packet
1 can tomato sauce
1 head of iceberg lettuce (or one bag of shredded lettuce)
Tortilla chips
Shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
Sour cream


Directions:

Brown ground beef with salt and pepper. After the meat is browned, add a taco seasoning packet and 1 small can of tomato sauce, plus same can of water.

Let that cook down while you put together the salad.

Assemble lettuce, fresh chopped tomatoes, crushed tortilla chips, and shredded cheddar cheese

Add ground beef mixture and stir together.

Dress it with French dressing (or similar). We like Western Dressing.

Top with sour cream.

Optional: serve with whole tortilla chips to scoop up the goodness.

photo of taco night ingredients on a colorful backdrop

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Thighs

(submitted by Kylie Hunt @thefilmdirectorswife)

“This is a simple one to make and then serve with a salad and fresh bread for an easy summer meal – no oven required!

In the bottom of the crockpot place one onion cut into 2-3 inch strips and 4-5 cloves of crushed garlic.

Top with 6- 8 fresh boneless, skinless chicken thighs (if frozen, thaw first). Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.

Finally top the chicken with one 16 oz. bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. I prefer to use one that is honey barbecue, as I find it brings out the flavors best.

Cook for 8 hours on low. Serve and enjoy!”


Pasta Salad

(submitted by Jamie Lynn @purejoycreative)

“I make a cold pasta salad filled with veggies from my garden (or store bought), cubed ham, cubed cheese, and rotini and then I just add ranch dressing to tie it all together. Easy to make in advance and large quantities and we just take it along on our way to games that are further away or to eat at the ball field.”

Sweet and Sticky Chicken

(submitted by Berlin Elgin)

2-3 lbs chicken breasts

½ cup soy sauce

4 tbs honey

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tbs brown sugar

½ tsp salt

2 tbs sesame oil

Cut chicken breasts into strips and marinate in everything for up to 12 hours in advance, or simply mix together and begin cooking. Place chicken strips in a skillet over medium heat with some or all of the marinade, depending on preference. Cook until done, and serve with rice. (Microwave packs of rice, either shelf stable or frozen, is a great time saver here!) This recipe serves 4. We often cut up a sweet bell pepper to munch on as a side with this as well!


Time saving tips for VBS week meals

  • Do a themed week (eg, tex-mex food, or breakfast for dinner) to cut down on how many ingredients you need gather and how much you need to prep.
  • Prep your protein in advance. Ground or shredded meat can be cooked ahead and stored in the fridge, or even the freezer. Freeze portions flat in zippered freezer bags, then add directly to a pan from the freezer and add a bit of water to thaw and reheat.
  • Buy lettuce pre-shredded or pre-cut if you know you’ll extra short on time and energy.
  • There’s no shame in ordering pizza or pulling a Costco lasagna from the freezer!

Pinterest Graphics 1 _Summer is here and with it comes warmer temperatures and summer activities, like Vacation Bible School! VBS week or church camp weeks (especially if you're serving in any capacity!) can be busy and exhausting, so we've compiled some quick, family-friendly meal ideas and tips for planning ahead!

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