The last few Fridays I’ve shared tips for meal planning, but what happens when your plans fall through?
You get home later than planned, forget to defrost the meat, or just can’t possibly cook dinner tonight after the day you’ve had. So often, this can mean your family is ordering pizza or going out to eat… which can be discouraging (& expensive!) when you’ve spent all that time and effort meal planning!
tip is simple: Have easy meals on hand.
These probably won’t be as healthy or as inexpensive as your normal meals, but they’re very likely healthier *and* less expensive than eating out, so you’ll still be winning. (Bonus: they won’t delay bedtime, which is the last thing you need when you’ve had a long day!)
The key to these meals is that they are easy & quick, don’t require forethought like defrosting something hours ahead of time, and won’t go bad quickly.
Here are a few easy meal ideas to get you started:
•soup (canned or homemade and frozen - just heat it up and serve!)
•salmon & sweet potatoes (frozen salmon thaws quickly & 🍠 last a long time in the pantry)
•pasta & meat sauce (in a pinch, ground beef can be cooked from frozen. Add jarred red sauce, boil some water, & dinner’s practically done)
•pesto pasta (We love Costco’s refrigerated pesto. Just add to cooked pasta ✅)
I’m a huge fan of meal planning & have prioritized it… and I’ve still never had a week go exactly according to my meal plan. But that’s life and we’re not striving for perfection in our meal planning.
By creating a meal plan and having backup meals on hand, you’re in great shape to feed your family well, steward your money, and keep your sanity even though you & your people need to eat 3 times a day 😉
What are some of your favorite quick meals? I’d always love new options!