The other day on Instagram we asked all of you what else we could do for you, besides sharing recipes and giving you all GIANT virtual hugs.
And the resounding answer was more quick & easy meal ideas. Specifically, dinners that could be made with a child or two hanging off your every limb.
Parenting during this stressful time is exhausting. It’s a kind of exhaustion I have never felt before, and I’ve been through the up at all hours newborn phase three times now. By late afternoon, around 4pm, I feel completely and utterly defeated. Parenting is hard on it’s own. Now add to it the anxiety of living in these very uncertain times. Pretty much impossible. Now add to that the endless meal and snack prep. It makes me want to wave the white flag, hop back into bed and pull the covers over my face.
Putting together this list of 8 of our best quick and easy dinner ideas has been super helpful and has calmed at least some of that anxiety of what the heck to feed an extremely hungry family of five when it takes all my energy to just keep upright at the end of the day.
I hope this list helps you find some peace and calm in your life right now too. It’s a delicious mix of family meals that are all easily adaptable and use ingredients you probably already have on hand.
8 Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas
Feel free to substitute any vegetable you’ve got on hand. I’ve made this with broccoli, cauliflower, squash and brussels sprouts and they’ve all worked extremely well. Roast up some sausages plain for the kiddos and serve it as is, with buns or over your grain of choice.
This dish comes together in under ten minutes and you can easily swap in ground turkey, beef or pork for the chicken. No wontons? No problem. Leave them out and this dish is still a delicious family fave.
The humble cabbage has to be one of the most underrated vegetable. Here it takes centre stage in this one pan extremely satisfying dinner. Use any rice or grain you have on hand.
All you really need for this dish is eggs, cheese and pasta. That’s it! Doesn’t get simpler than that. Throw in some frozen peas or spinach and if you’ve got bacon, that’s a bonus! Cook up some plain pasta for the kids and you have the perfect quick and easy family meal.
If this doesn’t scream comfort, I don’t know what does! All the flavours you know and love from the classic lasagna in soup form. Quick and easy enough to make any day of the week.
There’s a reason this recipe has almost broken the internet. It’s super simple and easily adaptable to use your family’s favourite veggies.
Bread, cheese and veggies all cook together on one pan to bring a super satisfying family meal. It’s also a great way to use up a loaf of bread that’s about to turn stale.
Pierogies are a great item to store in your freezer and this method of cooking them couldn’t be simpler. No feta? No problem. Sub in some parmesan or goat cheese and it will be delicious!
Next up, we want to hear from you! What recipes are you looking for? What posts would be most helpful for you during this time. GIANT HUGS TO YOU ALL!