When my youngest son moved out on his own, I put together a
"Bachelor's Guide to Cooking"
to give him some meal ideas and cooking tips.
Then, a couple of years ago I was asked to teach a cooking class at a church ladies event.
As I browsed through my files I came across this guide and wondered if it might be useful to
young moms. So I adapted it and renamed it:
"Quick, What's for Dinner?"
Life is so busy. With Moms and Dads working full time, children in after-school sports and lessons, and church and community commitments,
there often isn't time for planning meals. You get home after a day of non stop activities and are faced with nothing in mind for dinner.
In today's post, I thought I'd just give you a reference list of meal ideas and then over the next while I'll fill in a few details to the items on the list.
Using the comment section, let me know what your standbys are and I'll add them to the list.
Perhaps this guide can take some of the stress out of deciding
"QUICK! WHAT"S FOR DINNER?"
Stir fry – Vegetables with or without meat – serve with rice or pasta
Fajitas – like a stir fry in a tortilla
Quesadillas – filled with cheese and any meats or veggies
Soups – starting with canned or packaged soups
Meatballs – serve with sauce over rice, mashed potatoes or pasta
Pasta – Anything goes for a sauce
Pizza – using homemade, frozen or packaged dough
BBQ – hamburgers, sausage, hot dogs, chicken, pork, or when you feel like
splurging, steak (you can buy cheaper cuts and use a homemade or packaged
marinade and they can be really good.)
Tacos or Enchiladas
Baked Potato – Bake for about 1 hour or until soft or microwave:
top with pork & beans, chili, spaghetti sauce, broccoli in cheese sauce, etc.
Rice – in a casserole or topped with meatballs, stir fry, packaged or canned
sauces or even a can of soup.
Nachos – easy as 1,2,3. Tortilla chips on a pan, toppings like sliced black olives , pre-fried bacon or hamburger, chopped peppers, onions or tomatoes and CHEESE. Broil until cheese melts.
Main Dish Salads – Start with lettuce (buy it ready prepared in a bag or buy a head
of lettuce and tear into bite sized pieces). Add any type of chopped raw vegetable, sliced deli meat or cubed cooked chicken, and shredded cheese Add the dressing of your choice.
Breakfast items - who says that pancakes, bacon and eggs are only breakfast food?
Maybe today was one of those days when you forgot to take meat out for supper and now you're in a panic to feed that hungry family. Instead of going out, choose something from the list.
Let me know if it helped!