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- Plan things out ahead of time
During the school year, I make more of an effort with meal planning. Even if I don’t write out everything for the week, I at least think out what dinners I want to make that week.
I have this post where you can check out some of my meal planning tips. I’m hoping to get better at it this year. Every year I get a little more efficient at making the school year run smoothly.
- Keep it simple
Weeknight dinners don’t need to be complicated. You might have gone to work all day, Spent the day taking care of kids or the home. Either way, you are tired, or your children are tired from school all that matters is that you get a tasty and nutritious meal on the table.
So I keep things easy. I have the main entree be something quick to put together and then a side or two that are usually a fruit or vegetable. That way I’m getting some good food in us, and it doesn’t take long.
I figure I can save the fancier and more time-consuming meals for non-school nights and holidays. So come up with ten easy meals your family like and rotate them through the week.
- Use pre made food that you can heat up in the microwave or oven.
Using pre-made food like chicken strips and hot dogs are a great way to save some time. We love the Ballpark franks, and my husband likes the larger Angus ones. They are quick to cook up in the oven or microwave and my daughter can even heat up them on her own after school or an early dinner on dance days. Then with a salad or other quick side like cooked veggies and it’s a complete meal in no time. Another great option is making a sandwich. We eat sandwiches all the time especially in the summer and early fall when it’s so hot here in San Diego. That way there is no cooking involved at all.
We are also a fan of breakfast for dinner at our house. Isabella would have bacon for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I allowed it. So when we went to Winco the other day, we picked up some sausage links so that we can make those at dinner.
We like to serve them up with scrambled eggs and fruit salad though they’d be great to eat with lots of things. I like to pick up melons and berries. Then cut everything up and make a fruit salad. That can be in a bowl to eat with our breakfast for dinner.
We eat them for dinner, but they make a great easy meal in the morning before school. They are so simple and quick to make, and my family loves them.
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- Make extra and save leftovers
Since I don’t enjoy cooking, I have become a big fan of making a lot of food at once and saving the leftovers. This helps me to have one or sometimes even two nights a week where we can get by on leftovers.
Particularly during the beginning of the school year August, September and October when the weather’s still warm. Any nights I can avoid cooking and heating up the house is a good thing.
An easy recipe to try for your kids
Egg and Sausage breakfast burritos
What you’ll need:
2-3 eggs per person
Jimmy Dean Sausage links or patties
Chopped veggies (onion, bell peppers, avocado)
- Bake the Jimmy Dean sausage patties and links according to package directions. Then cut them up into smaller pieces.
- Chop up your veggies into small pieces while the sausage bakes.
- Put your eggs into a big mixing bowl and mix them up. I cook up about a dozen eggs at a time so that I can save some burritos.
- Cook your eggs in a skillet on the stove until you scramble them. You can add salt and pepper if you like.
- Warm up your tortillas in a skillet on the stove. You are only going to cook them for about 10 seconds, maybe 5 or 10 seconds on each side. I cooked mine over medium heat. You don’t want them to cook all the way through, so right when they start to bubble flip them over, or even just before they are going to start to bubble.
- Assemble each burrito by starting with the tortilla, adding the eggs, sausage, bell peppers and cheese. Then fold up the burrito by tucking in both ends of the burrito instead of just one, so it will stay closed.
- Optional: Then put it into a Ziploc bag that has been labeled with the date you made the burritos. Putting a group of burritos into one bag keeps them pushed together tightly, so the tortillas don’t open up.
- When you are ready to eat the burritos, you can do one of two things. You can keep the entire bag frozen and then reheat them for 3 minutes at 50% power, or you can thaw one bag of burritos at a time and then reheat them for 1 1/2 minutes at 50% power.
- Garnish with avocado and hot sauce if you like.
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