We have all been running to the store to grab the essentials knowing that we are staying home for weeks. There are meals that we enjoy making and there are meals we have to make because we need something quick and good to eat or we just need to feed our families. Whatever the reason, I know we all don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen taking hours to make a meal. So, here are some quick meals that you can make while you are home with the kids/family.
Quick Family Meals
You can grab this chicken cooked or uncooked. If you buy it cooked, it can be used for at least two meals (depending on the size of your family). You can also freeze it if you buy it cooked as well. It won’t last as long, but know you have the option. I recommend pulled it apart and freezing if plan to freeze it.
If you buy it frozen, you can cook whenever. You simply season it and put in the oven. Not hard at all. Just make sure it is cooked thoroughly. The nice thing about rotisserie chicken is that you can do so much with it. Chicken with sides such as mac n cheese, potatoes, veggies. The usually pantry/fridge staples. You can make soup, tacos, fried rice, salads, etc.
PB & J (or PB & Nutella)
Not a fancy meal, but you it’s a meal. Most kids will eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, my son is not a fan of jelly so he does peanut butter and nutella. So, he still has something sweet. Love that this is a basic meal. Grab some chips and have some fruit and some raw veggies and voila you got yourself a meal. Also, this is something your kids can make on their own.
Chicken Noodle Soup
If you have some rotisserie chicken you can make chicken noodle soup. Also, you can be lazy like me and just buy the can stuff too. I don’t know what it is about a chicken noodle soup, but no one can refuse a bowl or two. If you make it homemade or in a can you can add beans and other veggies, but we like ours simple.
We have spaghetti in our home at least once a week. I love that I have the protein in veggies all covered in this meal that I don’t have to think about adding anything else. Also, once I learned how to make in the Instant Pot, I was even more happy. I can set it up and head to work (the nurse life) and know that once it is done, my kids have a meal they can eat.
Eggs and Bacon
I couldn’t leave out breakfast (or make breakfast for dinner for some of us). There are tons of breakfast options that are quick and easy but I wanted to include one option other than cereal. You can also add other items like grits, pancakes, toast, biscuits, and so on.
I hope this got you some ideas for quick meals that don’t tons of effort and are staples in your home. What quick meals are you making? Please sure in the comments below.
Wife of one and mother of two (twins). Raising a family in the midwest. Lover of Netflix, crime shows and summer. Founder of The Expecting Mamas Network.