Everyone is busy this time of year. During the Fall, kids have homework, sports practices or other school activities. I don’t have time to spend hours cooking a meal at night, plus we don’t want to eat too late since the kids have to get to bed on time. Here are some meal ideas that will be quick and healthy for your busy weeknights.
I know weekends are busy too, but it can really help to get a jump start on your cooking for the week. Cooking some meat for your Sunday dinner can turn leftovers into a great weeknight dinner. Boil some chicken breasts (or whatever chicken you have) and either make chicken soup (think vegetable, rice, or noodle.) You can also save the broth and freeze it to use later. You should only need to use a small amount of the chicken for the soup.
The rest of the chicken can be shredded to use during the week. Stir fry, tacos, or even chicken with rice and cream soup is delicious. Having your protein starter will give you lots of easy choices that will fit into your hectic schedule.
Everyone loves breakfast for dinner! You can quickly do pancakes or waffles. Maybe fry up extra bacon on the weekend so you can heat that up later for your dinner. You can add scrambled eggs if you want, also.
Speaking of eggs, always have some on hand! Turn a scramble into a whole meal. I add veggies, peppers, potatoes, and if I have any leftover meat, too. You can basically use up things you have in the fridge and turn scrambled eggs into a hearty dinner.
Hot dogs are also a staple for kids, but there are ways to make it more of a meal. Hot dogs cut up in eggs are also good. A great standby is hotdogs wrapped in crescent roll dough. You can add cheese to them if your kids like it that way. This is a fun dinner that tastes great and is quick to prepare.
Use some of these quick dinner ideas, and quit worrying about what to make. Just enjoy spending the meal time with your family.
What is your go to meal on a busy weeknight?