Easy Family Meal Ideas for Hot Days

Easy Family Meal Ideas for Hot Days

No one wants to slave over a hot stove in summer, and so we asked you, the Be a Fun Mum community, for your easy family meal ideas to get through the hottest days. There’s plenty of inspiration here, but if all else fails, there’s always takeaway!

Fritters and slices

These fritters and slices are quick to throw together and don’t take long to cook – either by pan frying or oven baking:

Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters Recipe

Finger food

Save on washing up and serve dinner without cutlery:

  • Antipasto platters – breads, cheeses, meats, pickled vegetables etc.
  • Lettuce cups filled with meat and vegetables
  • Platter of fruit, vegetables, dips
  • Rice paper rolls
  • Sushi
  • Sliders


Breakfast for dinner

You will be popular when you turn dinner on its head and serve breakfast in the evening every now and agin!

  • Boiled eggs with toast fingers
  • Bacon and eggs with a side of baked beans
  • Omelettes 
  • Savoury crepes
  • Cereal 
  • Fruit Salad, Muesli & Yoghurt

breakfast for dinner

Build your own dinner

Kids love being able to contribute to dinner, and these meals allow your child to choose their own toppings or fillings:

chicken Mexican Burrito wraps recipe

Cooked dinner

If you really feel like a cooked dinner, try using the BBQ in the cooler outdoors, or fire up the slow cooker (it won’t heat your house like the oven will):

  • BBQ meat, fish, kebabs, sausages with corn cobs and salad
  • Slow cooker meals such as slow cooker chicken korma with flat bread
  • Stir fry with noodles
  • Slow cooker pulled meat on buns
  • Fish & Chips with salad

Fish and Chips at home


  • A salad, matched with some protein such as a boiled egg, ham or BBQ chicken, makes a satisfying summer meal: 
  • Potato salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Garden salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Thai beef salad

Chicken & Salad


After dinner, keep things cool with these summer dessert ideas:

How to make a ice cream sandwich

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Cath Johnsen

If you drop in on Cath at home, you’re likely to find her household in a state of happy chaos. She loves reading, being outdoors and travelling with her husband and three children. When she’s not spending time with family, Cath is indulging her love of writing at Be a Fun Mum… She knew that journalism degree would come in handy one day!

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