Our evenings can sometimes be a little out of hand. With 5 kids each playing a sport, it's going to happen. We do not like to eat out very often, mostly because my kids eat a mountain of food and would put us in the poor house if we ate out often, so I have to be ready to feed them at odd times and with little time.
Of course the best way to deal with this is to have meals or partial meals in the freezer, ready to be whipped out and heated up.
That doesn't happen too often around here, partly because my kids eat a mountain of food. I don't have pots and pans big enough to double a recipe.
Next best thing is to make the meal while I'm home during the day, stick it in the fridge, and heat it up when we're ready to eat it that night. (or have it in the crockpot)
That happens sometimes, but not always.
Basically, I stink at planning ahead. Planning ahead means taking the meat out of the freezer the day before, and my day-to-day brain doesn't remember to do it.
So, what do I feed my family?
Breakfast is an easy and popular choice. Pancakes, french toast, and eggs are very quick and easy.
Spaghetti falls into the easy and popular category as well. Too bad we can't have that 5 nights a week.
Chicken Caesar wraps are not only easy (especially if the chicken is precooked) but they are also very transportable. I sometimes make these when we have to eat dinner at the park between games.
But the fastest, easiest, and (almost) most popular meal for us is Campers' Casserole.
Slice up some smoked sausage and throw it into a hot pan. Once it's done (2 minutes tops) throw in some (drained) canned green beans and (drained) canned potatoes. Have some brown rice or bread and some fruit on the side and dinner is done. It takes 5 minutes, tops.
We only have 6 jars of green beans from the garden this year. All 6 of them were earmarked for Campers' Casserole. Six of the jars of potatoes were at the ready as well.
Does your family (or you) have a favorite meal that is super quick and popular? I'm always on the lookout for more!
Have a lovely day!