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4 Quick Tried and True Family Dinner Solutions

Whether you’re cooking for three or seven, you can rest assured that kids expect a delicious dinner. Plus, who wants to send their kids to bed hungry? It’s one thing for you and your partner to fend for yourselves in the kitchen. However, it’s always important to make sure your children have something to eat. There are times when you don’t have the energy or resourcefulness to create an elaborate meal. Consider a few tried and true dinner solutions for your family.

Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti is really easy and quick to make. In one pot, boil your pasta noodles. In another pot, heat up a pre-made tomato sauce. Add your special seasonings. Sauté some garlic, onions, and ground turkey. Combine the two for a quick, delicious meal. Add a piece of garlic bread and some parmesan cheese on top of the spaghetti for the perfect finish.

Takeout

Sometimes, it’s as easy as asking the kids what they want for dinner that night. To keep things relatively inexpensive, you can order a few pizzas for the entire family. If you really don’t have any energy, you can easily include a pizza delivery option to your bill. No one is sad to see pizza on their plate at dinnertime.

Sandwiches & Sides

Sandwiches are so easy to make. Plus, they’re incredibly filling. If you have a Panini press, throw the sandwiches in for a gourmet finish. Whether you prepare sloppy joes, grilled sandwiches, or veggie subs, know that sandwiches can easily suffice as a great dinner meal. If you have a bag of frozen fries, place them on a baking sheet along with some olive oil and seasonings. Fries or chips can serve as great side dishes to a hearty sandwich.

Breakfast for Dinner

Use a pre-made pancake and waffle mix to prepare delicious waffles in the waffle maker. Add chocolate chips, blueberries, or bananas to the mixture. Place a bunch of turkey bacon on a baking sheet to roast in the oven. Scramble a few eggs. Who says you can’t enjoy breakfast for dinner?

It’s also a great idea to keep some frozen options in your meal prepping arsenal at all times. If you prepare a few baked casseroles and freeze them, you can pull one out of the freezer the night before. Add a few fresh veggies, and you’ll have a delicious meal that didn’t take much effort that night. There’s nothing quite like conquering this area of your life. Once your family meal planning is in order, you’ll know you can do virtually anything.

Tim Esterdahl

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