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Quick Dinner Ideas

Happy Monday! Hope this new week brings you joy.

I ordered my curriculum this week for homeschooling, and I believe this is the earliest I’ve ever been able to get it done in 15 years of homeschooling 1-3 children.  We’re trying a couple new things this year: for math we’re trying Teaching Textbooks, and for English, Easy Grammar. I’ve heard such good things about both, that I’m excited to give them a go. For most of our other subjects, we’re using A Beka.  I’m not in any hurry to get started, but we have to have our paper work in to the county in a few weeks…

If you need some inspiration for feeding your crew,
here’s some ideas for this new week:

To me, “quick” dinner ideas doesn’t necessarily mean a meal you can throw together in five minutes. To me, the quick part comes before dinner time by:

  • having a plan for this week’s dinners
  • having the ingredients on hand–(a.k.a. a trip to the grocery)

That is the biggest hurdle to jump in having a quick dinner. Once you do that, for the most part you are set!

For those nights however, that you literally may have minutes to spare, plan a few super simple dinner ideas:

  • light all beef kosher hot dogs (nitrate free if you can find them)
  • pasta
  • scrambled eggs
  • frozen veggie burgers
  • burritos with whatever fillings I have on hand
  • frozen chicken, veggie and pasta “dinner in a bag” from the freezer section of the grocery
  • a crockpot meal that you started in the morning and is ready at dinner time
  • keep raw veggies and fruits on hand to add to a less than ideal dinner

Check out my post 10 Ways to Make “Making Dinner” Easier.

To help with menu planning and grocery shopping, be sure to check out my free printables:
Dinner Planner and Grocery List Printable
Weekly Meal Planner
Printable Grocery List

Sometimes we get in a rut for breakfast and lunch, so here’s some ideas to get you started:

Breakfast Ideas:
(Any combination of the following)
French toast
Egg whites and spinach (hubby’s choice)
English muffins
Baked oatmeal
Breakfast cookies
Cinnamon rolls
Pumpkin pancakes
Baked eggs and cheese casserole
Toasted peanut butter & banana sandwich
Coconut Quinoa Granola

Lunch Ideas:
(We like to add fruit and/or carrots to any of these “entrees”)
Pasta (my kids love it)
Macaroni and cheese
Vegetarian corn dogs
Vegetarian hamburgers
Hot dogs (We like Hebrew National)
Chicken, turkey or ham sandwiches
Graham crackers and milk
English muffins
Peanut butter and fluff sandwiches
Whole wheat toast
Yogurt or cheese sticks, crackers

Okie doke, on to this week’s quick dinner ideas which contain some oldies but goodies:

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and fruit salad
Grocery list:  Biscuits, sausage, milk, flour, eggs and fruit


, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingBig Mac Pizza
Grocery list: Pizza crust, olive oil, thousand island dressing, American cheese (I skip this), ground beef, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and lettuce

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingPancakes with sprinkles, vegetarian sausages, hard-boiled eggs and orange juice

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
Grocery list: Lasagna noodles, cottage cheese, egg, spinach, pasta sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and salad ingredients


, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
Grocery list: Chicken, tomatoes and green chiles, rice, Monterey jack cheese, lettuce and sour cream optional


, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Tuna pot pie
Grocery list: Tuna, biscuits or pie crust, cream of chicken soup, peas and carrots

For a delicious cool treat, check out this post with 15 No Bake Chocolate Desserts!

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
You’re sure to find a new favorite!

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