Had a busy day at work or running errands, shuttling kids to and from sports activities? Everybody’s hungry and the last thing you want to do is cook dinner. You could order a pizza or send out for burgers or tacos or pop another boring frozen meal in the oven.
Or…..you could put together some quick, easy and nutritious meals and eliminate the guilt over your family’s fast food rut!
Here are a few ideas to get you going on the path to quick & easy mealtimes.
- Take a couple hours on the weekend to cook a big pot of vegetable soup. It’s easy to make and very nutritious. Have it as a main course one evening with some canned biscuits or packaged cornbread. Another night that week team a cup of that soup up with hot dogs or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Not into making soup? No problem. There are many tasty canned soups on the grocery shelf. Toss in a salad bar for variety along with French rolls or frozen bread sticks. Bagged salad greens are a boon for good & easy salad fare.
- Everyone likes pasta! If you have a package of pasta and a jar of sauce in the
pantry…you’ve got dinner anytime! Frozen ravioli or tortellini are yummy too and come in cheese or meat selections. Keep a variety of pastas & sauces in the pantry. Once again…add a salad and you’ve got dinner. You could also add a nice bagguet of French bread. Don’t forget the Parmesan cheese.
- How about pizza? Buy frozen pizza to pop in the oven for a quick & easy meal.
Or you can buy readymade crusts and let the kids add the sauce and meats, veggies and cheeses. Smaller individual crusts are fun too and each child can “decorate” their own.
- Cook up a pot of chili in the slow cooker before leaving for the day. Then come
Burgers and fries? No problem. Buy pre-made hamburgers or turkey burgers (fresh
or frozen) and a bag of frozen French fries. Toss them both in the oven while you
get the condiments ready and set the table. Cheese slices, tomatoes and lettuce
complete the burgers.
See, it CAN be done…..easy & nutritious. Kids can help with all of these meals. Older kids can help cook. Two of my granddaughters each have a night to cook a meal. They choose the menu and go for it. My younger granddaughters can help with the salad, grate cheese, set the table and retrieve condiments from the cupboard and refrigerator. All can help to clean up! Bon appetit.
Ann Gambrell Jan 2015