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Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas For Busy Schedules

August 19, 2019

Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas For Busy Schedules

It’s that time of year! School is starting back up, kids are going to be starting fall sports and everyone is getting back to their busy schedules and routines.  “What’s for dinner?” seems to be the question of the day no matter what season we are in, but it sure helps to have a plan ahead of time.

No one wants to spend all night prepping and cooking dinner only to spend more time cleaning up! Kids get home from school, practice or games and are hungry and it helps to have dinner ready or be able to get something on the table quickly.  Involve your kids! Decide your meals for the week on Sunday. Ask them to pick a new recipe for you to try during the week. Variety is the spice of life! 

Here are some great options for weeknight dinners!

  • Sheet Pan Dinners – The options are endless. Meal prep is a breeze and there is less clean-up. When the timer goes off your entire meal is ready! Cook your meat, veggies and even potatoes all on the same sheet. You can cook what you and your family likes. Toss veggies in olive oil and season how you like them, marinate your meat or season it. This can be done with beef, chicken, shrimp and even salmon.  

  • Crockpot/Instapot recipes are a lifesaver during the week!  There are tons of great recipes online so do a search and pick out some new ones to try! 

    Crockpot salsa chicken is an easy family favorite! Just put chicken breasts and a jar of salsa in and let it cook! Once it is done it is easily shredded and can be used for tacos and burritos. Serve with a side of rice, avocado and fresh lime.

  • Make things ahead of time! Hard boiled eggs are a great after school snack to have pre-made on-hand. Egg muffins made ahead of time are also great for breakfast or after school. These keep great in the refrigerator and can be easily warmed up. Whisk 1 dozen eggs and add whatever you want! We like shredded cheese, fresh diced mushrooms and bacon. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. You can use silicone baking cups as well. They are reusable and nonstick!

Having a plan is key! Your week will be a little more stress free and there will be less trips to the grocery store and impulse buys and you will save money too!

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