We all have those days when the clocks strikes 4 and we have no idea what we are making for dinner. But take-out can be expensive and unhealthy, and how much pasta can your family eat? There are better backup plans to have in place when you hit a dinner snag.
They're a kid favorite anyway, so break out the bread and let everyone make their own dinner. Cold cuts, peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese, or even grilled Nutella can be perfectly paired with some microwaved veggies, canned soup, fruit, or chips for a quick, satisfying dinner.
2. Soup and Salad
A classic quick meal, soup, and a salad are quick and easy to prepare. Plus, if you have a variety of soups on hand, everyone can choose their own. You can create a salad bar for the kids to build their own salads too. It's much more fun to eat a salad when you've designed it yourself.
3. Prepackaged Meals
Just because a dinner comes in a bag, doesn't mean it has to be unhealthy. Kashi makes some great frozen dinners like their Steam Meal entrees, which are natural and filled with fiber and protein. You can also create your own "prepackaged" meals on a Sunday afternoon to save for a night like this.
4. Scrambled Egg Burritos
Quick, easy, and unexpected. Grab those tortillas or wraps and scramble up some eggs. Add peppers, onions, salsa, cheese, and whatever else you like on a typical burrito. Bam! Dinner is served.
5. Mix and Max
There's probably enough leftovers in your fridge for everyone to create their own unique dinner. Tuesday's leftover spaghetti, Wednesday's BBQ chicken, and Thursday's meatloaf can be paired with frozen veggies or salad for a complete meal in a jiffy.
Don't panic when you forget to plan for dinner. Some quick thinking, a well-stocked pantry, and a little creativity can go a long way to make a great meal.