There is nothing wrong with having sandwiches for dinner. Sometimes we have French Dips and I pick up some fresh cut Roast Beef from our local meat market. Other nights we have Paninis and Grilled Cheese. We always keep a jar of pesto in the fridge and try to have a loaf of sourdough slices laying around. I always try to have Bacon in the freezer, because it defrosts quickly and you can't have a BLT without it.
Wraps are another thing we like to have ingredients for. Some chicken tenders, cheese and BBQ sauce and you have a great wrap. I've been pinning lots of new wrap ideas because it's just so simple!
Tortillas and cheese are a must have at all times kitchen staple. This keeps the kids happy and the hubby. I like to keep the individual containers of guacamole laying around to make things even tastier. You can even change things up and make buffalo chicken or BBQ chicken quesodillas.
5. Breakfast for dinner.
My kids love eggs. My hubby does not. But, it makes a super easy dinner when we need it. Last night, Jon was working late, so we had scrambled eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns. Other options that are Klassen kid approved are breakfast burritos and eggs and toast. Or even egg salad. I almost through a party when I realized my kids would eat egg salad a few months ago.
6. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers.
Nothing beats a delicious hamburger and my kids could live off of hot dogs. So every now and then this make it into the menu. I'm obsessed with the Shake Shack smoke stack and since we don't have one of those here, I whip up my own copycat version of their sauce and cut up some sweet peppers from trader joes and wah-lah deliciousness. Jon likes to copycat a Weston Bacon Cheeseburger. . . which I am sure is way more healthy than eating at Carl's Jr.
7. Spaghetti Nights.
A guaranteed dinner that my gets both my boys attention is Spaghetti. I keep a jar of Trader Joe's sauce laying around and some Penne and we either eat it with Italian sausage or meatballs. There are no complaints on these nights and it's super easy!
8. Crockpot Meals.
Take advantage of your crockpot. Buy the liners. . . best thing ever! No crusty clean up! I like to make my black bean chili, chicken tortilla soup or pulled pork. Sometimes, I just buy some pollo asado from Trader Joes and throw it in or find a quick recipe on Pinterest for pulled pork. Last week, I put a pork loin in and topped it with a jar of Apple Cider Starter from Williams Sonoma. Sometimes you can find them on sale and they are awesome!
9. And have a list of go-to quick dinner options. Here's my list.
Indian Chicken Simmer Sauces with chicken and rice - I buy the simmer sauces at Costco and use the microwavable white rice from Trader Joes.
Trader Joes Orange Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Walnut Shrimp and rice. Again. . . I just keep these on hand for a quick dinner option. And those microwavable rice things. . . amazing!
Trader Joe's General Tso Sauce. It's always in my pantry. Just cut up some chicken breasts or thighs, cook on your skillet, and pour sauce over and continue cooking until warm. Serve over rice.
Taco/burrito/bowl nights. Always a big hit.
Teriyaki Meatballs and veggie stir fry.
BBQ Chicken Salad
Simple Sesame Noodles
I also like to keep Trader Joe's frozen mac and cheese, Daiya mac and cheese, Annies Bunny O's, and Chicken nuggets in the fridge because there are some nights where we get take out after the kids go to bed (like every Sunday Night!).
I hope that helps you. It helps me to get in into one spot. What's your favorite quick and easy dinner option at your house?