Also remember that dinner don't have to be a seven course meal! Here's a few easy ideas to get you started:
Pasta (fast dinner):
whole wheat pasta (starch)
a chunky tomato sauce with onions, peppers, etc (fruits and veggies)
ground beef or chicken (protein)
shredded or Parmesan cheese (optional topping)
Burritos (fun for kids to put together)
mashed black beans, ground beef or shredded chicken (protein)
whole wheat tortillas (starch)
lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc (fruits and veggies)
a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheese for added flavor
Diced tomatoes, onions, pepper or any other veggie
eggs (of course!
shredded cheese and or ham
toast with butter
Burgers for lunch
beef or turkey patty, or chicken fillet
tomato and lettuce
broccoli, carrot and celery sticks with dipping sauce (sour cream or yogurt with herbs for a ranch like dressing)
Breakfast in a hurry:
hard boiled eggs
a citrus fruit or berries (berries can be mixed in with oatmeal
Pita Pizza (Super easy! Ready in ten minutes)
pizza sauce (you can make it with some tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and pizza seasoning herbs)
toppings of your choice (ham, ground beef, chicken, diced veggies, etc)
These are some recipes I use, that don't take a lot of time or effort to make, nor any real special ingredients.
A good addition to your kitchen would be a crockpot. It's super easy to make chili and soup. You can also cook a whole chicken (or two) in it, shred it to use for your recipes, and keep the broth for making chicken soup. You can also cook pork ribs in it for BBQ ribs, a pot roast and save the drippings for a tasty gravy over your mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes (or even brown rice). And your food won't burn, which is a plus.
You can also brown lots of ground beef, divide and freeze for later for a quick meal (like burritos or pasta). You can do the same with the shredded chicken from your crockpot. You can also form your own burgers and freeze for later. Cut up lots of celery, carrots or other fruits and veggies to serve them up as a quick snack. Chop tomatoes, peppers and onions to make a salsa for burritos, or to mix in with sauce for pastas or pizza. Pick a day or two out of the week to do food preparation, so that the rest of the week, you can just toss something in the fridge in the morning to thaw.