I guess my best idea, that gets old very quickly, is to keep chopped romaine lettuce and veggies in the fridge for salads and do a huge salad. I also cook a large batch of rice at the beginning of the week, keep it in the fridge, and we eat on the rice throughout the week.
Other things - with the rice, some veggies, a meat or not, an egg or 2 - you could make fried rice.
make pizza dough and keep in the freezer (if you have room to freeze it flat you just have to top it and cook.)
I also buy those big old family packs of chicken breasts on sale. I cook about half of them and then freeze them. Then you just pull them out the night before and throw them into pasta, rice, quesadillas, sandwiches etc.
Don't cook, have DH grill on the BBQ
I always love using my crock pot too. Put it together in the morning and forget about it. No after-dinner cleaning (besides the dishes) and no stress of what to make. LOVE it.
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Frugal, food growing mama to my four loves
I always have bricks of cheese on hand, as well as eggs, milk, homemade sourdough bread, homemade yogurt, frozen berries, etc. I can usually make quick meals out of those in a pinch. Another idea is to par-bake pizza crusts and freeze them along with some grated cheese and chopped veggies.
Other options (some not as healthy!) include:
frozen pizza, spaghetti and jarred sauce, or frozen ravioli and jarred sauce, grilled cheese (or deli ham and cheese) and canned soup, or burritos or nachos (canned refried beans, cheese, salsa)
-Reheating frozen soups/lentils and some frozen naan or pita.
Second line of defense:
-Breakfast for dinner- eggs, cereals, pancakes.
Tortillas, cheese, veggies and whatever cooked meat can be turned into dinner with a can of refried beans.
Use leftover rice to make fried rice.
Last ditch effort before heading out of the house:
The small stash I have of Trader Joe's prepared meals in the bottom of the garage freezer.
Katie, mama to one big boy (6/03) and one little boy (12/08) with a new little one due in Mar 2016.
It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.
Also, baked potatoes with whatever happens to be around (leftover chili, broccoli and shredded cheddar, aforementioned spag. sauce with mozz, even leftover crock pot roast).
Mama to:Ben (12), Natalie (9), Zoe (5)
I almost always have pre-cooked chicken breasts in the freezer, I make them and then freeze them for an easy go-to base for multiple suppers. Ouesadillas, chicken caeser, pot pie, paninis. It makes such a great base, plus we usually have some kind of leftover, or at least one freezer meal. I also have frozen pizza dough made up, like a pp's I have par-baked pizza crust and then you can have a super easy base for a pizza, it is really convenient.
Menu planning does really help, I make extra of things to use later in the week, for example I purchased a large pack of steaks (for $3.00) and will be making 2 meals from them, plus DH made a snack from them for his lunch. It's really been amazing to just go with what items are on sale and then meal plan accordingly, I am loving it. Anyway, HTH.
Other meal I make when I don't feel like being in the kitchen: spaghetti, homemade pizza (I freeze dough ahead of time), or I set out chicken or beef in the morning and tell DH we are grilling when he gets home which means he does all the work.
It's easy enough to open a jar of cooked chicken and make a quick salad or warm it up and serve with a quick side of pasta/rice/whatever.
And heating up a quart of soup is super easy! Pair it with some lettuce cut from our window box and you have a nearly instant meal.
We also keep tortillas on hand and usually have cheese in the fridge. Combine that with the home canned pinto beans in the pantry and you have a pretty quick meal.
A tuna salad sandwich is our latest stand-by. Just open up the can and mix with some onion, celery, and mayo and put it on bread. We like it with sprouts!
Cannelini soup -- 2 cans of beans, 2 cans diced tomatoes, and 4 cups broth plus lots of italian seasonings, depending on my mood
Taco pan -- spread fat-free refried beans on a plate, cover with shredded cheese and nuke for 15 sec. Then cover with tomatoes, lettuce, and guac/mashed avocado, then eat with fat-free corn chips. One dinner plate serves two people.
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I have cooked hams, roasts, chicken, tenderloin, ect and freeze the leftovers.
Here is a site I like http://www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/4172.html
Like last night we had two small pieces of chicken leftover so I put them in the oven for dh. I made a small pot of mashed potatoes and heated up frozen peas for his dinner.
The kids had leftover mac n cheese and apple slices.
Not the best dinner ever but everyone left happy!
I shape our meal planning to how I expect the week will go - nights that we're likely to be exhausted and not want to cook, I have quick convenient stuff on the menu.
I also try to build in a "make extra and freeze" meal every other week or so -- when I use the crockpot is an idea time. Scoop out a meal's worth, throw it in the freezer. Since the crockpot stuff I make is generally one-dish eating (stews, chilis, etc), on a day when we have the effits, we can pull a container out of the freezer and reheat it.
Other "Man I don't want to cook" things I have on hand:
Eggs and toast
Eggs and tortillas
Mashed bean burritos
Eggs and beans on tortillas
Welsh Rabbit (cheese sauce on toast)
frozen meatballs and spagetti (make a big batch of meatballs and freeze in bags of a dozen for this)
Canned soup and bread/crackers and cheese
french toast or pancakes.
savithny, 42 year old moderate mom to DS Primo (age 12) and DD Secunda (age 9).
Mama to a bunch
Gourmet Pizza tonight!! $25... cha-ching. I need to get my act together.
Going back to actually WRITE DOWN your ideas. Thanks all!
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