My Mom likes to razz me about fact that so many of my posts seem to have to do with meal requests Evelyn has made. It’s true. Out of the four people in this house she’s the only one who makes requests. Quite frankly I appreciate it. It’s hard work putting dinner on the table every night. Adam is wonderful in that he’ll eat anything I put in front of him but isn’t so great at suggestions and it’s hard to meal plan sometimes. Evelyn delivers.
But seriously, it is time consuming to plan out what everyone in the house is going to eat everyday and sometimes even I get sick of it. My mind reels when I think of the fact that my mother, someone who doesn’t really like to cook, had a meal on the table every night of my childhood for about 18 consecutive years. I don’t know how she did it. I also think it was perfectly ok that by the time I was the the last kid left living at home she and I would occasionally just have pancakes for dinner.
And that’s sort of my point here… even if you are striving to avoid convenience foods, fast foods, and processed foods in favor of good nutrition it doesn’t mean you have to work so hard to make a huge meal from scratch. The truth is I only cook on average 3 nights a week during the week and once on the weekends. Yes, leftovers come in handy as a meal in a pinch, but I tend to repurpose them and call that cooking too.
I’m also not going to be cooking gourmet meals for my kids every night even if Evelyn asks for spinach quiche, broccoli soup, or a plate full of vegetables. Sometimes life is too busy, or I’m too tired, or sometimes, let’s face it, I’m not interested. So, you know what I do? I don’t stress. And neither should you. So, from my busy house to yours, here are some easy, instant, nearly no-cook dinners I feed my kids on weeknights that we can feel good about.
- Hummus with carrot sticks and whole grain crackers
- Eggs (scrambled, over easy, omlette, with ham, with cheese, with veggies)
- Fresh fruit with Greek yogurt
- Fresh fruit with cottage cheese
- Tomato soup from a box?! Yep, Tomato soup from a box
- Granola with dried or fresh fruit and organic milk
- Cheese with whole grain crackers
- Pastina with an egg cracked in
- Deli ham or turkey roll-ups with cheese
- Defrosted cooked shrimp (you know those bags in the freezer section!)
- Sliced banana or apple on crackers with peanut butter
- Fruit smoothies