In our house, every single member of the family has their own busy schedule. Even so, we love being able to sit down to at least one meal together and that’s usually dinner, since our days start at different times and we’re either at work or school during lunch. Even if it’s just a quiet few minutes to wolf down something before music lessons or sports practice, our family is pretty good about making sure we eat in the same space as often as possible. That’s why we always try to make sure we have plenty of quick, easy, and cheap dinner ideas on hand at all times!
1. Crispy cheddar chicken
So long as you’re someone who includes meat in your diet, who doesn’t love chicken and cheese? We’ll happily eat them separately but any time we can combine the two in one place, we’ll absolutely take that opportunity. This simple crispy cheddar chicken dinner recipe outlined step by simple step on Jamie Cooks it Up is the perfect example of what we mean.
2. One-pot spaghetti and meat sauce
We’re huge spaghetti fans and we always have been, ever since we were little kids! We don’t find it a particularly hard thing to make in its regular form, but that doesn’t mean we’re not open to the idea of making things a little more quickly and easily on a busy night than we normally would! That’s why we thought this one-pot spaghetti with meat sauce recipe featured on Domestic Superhero was such a neat thing.
3. Sloppy joe casserole
Just like spaghetti, sloppy joes are another dinner classic that’s a total hit in our house. Sometimes, however, they’re just ever so slightly too messy to serve up to our kids before they have to go somewhere. That’s why we were very pleased indeed when we came across this slightly less messy casserole version of the sloppy joe sandwich outlined step by step on Cravings of a Lunatic.
4. Simple sweet n’ sour meatballs
Are you totally interested in this idea of making a quick, filling meal that has both a starch and a meat component, just to keep the kids feeling nice and fuelled as they finished off their day, but you want to collect as many ideas as possible? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Kraft Canada made these delicious and simple sweet n’ sour meatballs served on top of rice.