On these days, what happens to dinner? I know what happens in my house! I default to easy recipes so I can still get a good, inexpensive meal on the table!
Easy Recipes for Busy Days
There are so many things that can make a day go differently than planned, some sweet and others not-so-sweet.
Perhaps a child wets the bed, creating a new mini to-do list that you just don’t have time for. Maybe a friend drops in for an unexpected visit, and, delightful though it may be, you have to rethink when you’re going to run those errands or complete that special project with the kids. Some days you end up with sick kids, or YOU are sick.
Whatever the case may be, plans need to be adjusted. And often the easiest thing to shuffle is the time it takes to prepare a full meal.
We all know that even the best plans need back-up plans, and I’ve found that to be the case when busy days crowd out the dinner plan. Keeping a list of back-up recipes (and the necessary ingredients) on hand is a natural way to have a back-up plan.
Fortunately, there are easy recipes to make sure that you don’t have to eat into your grocery budget by going out to eat or ordering a pizza!
Today we’re sharing some favorite easy recipes so you can write them down and stash them for those “OH NO!” days. If you have a few minutes, share YOUR easy recipes in the comments! Then we can all have our own little go-to cookbook right here at this post!
This recipe is so easy, it seems like it shouldn’t count as cooking! All you have to do is open a jar of salsa and dump most of it on some chicken in an oven-safe pan. Bake at 350 around a half hour or so (until cooked and no longer pink in the middle; juices run clear).
Make some minute rice or use the Instant Pot for quick regular rice, and add in the remaining salsa to make “Mexican” rice. Put rice on plate, top with chicken, then sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Have some ground beef but you’re going to be gone on a field trip or out running errands and you don’t want to cook when you come home? That’s okay! Use your Crock-Pot!
Brown hamburger with onion and garlic and dump in crock. Add a small can of baked beans, 32-oz of beef broth, and about half a jar of spaghetti sauce. Mix. Dice some potatoes and carrots. Throw in. Add some salt and pepper. Cook on low most of the day, or on high 4 hours. Enjoy!
If you are a very plain eater, this is a mild chili that you could add extra spices to his to make it hotter, if desired. (That means this “chili” is also more kid-friendly.) If you are a chili professional, SKIP THIS RECIPE and don’t call us names!
Brown a pound of hamburger with lots of onion and garlic. Transfer to large pot. Throw in small can of baked beans and a jar of spaghetti sauce. Add chili powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve over baked potatoes, with crusty bread, or even over macaroni.
Now it’s YOUR turn!
The best way to push through the crazy times is by putting our heads together and sharing ideas. That’s where the Well Planned Gal community can truly shine!
Do you have any favorite, go-to, easy recipes you’re willing to share with other busy moms? If so, leave them in the comments! I can’t wait to see what brilliant ideas you have to share!