A: You are not alone! Cooking for a family can be simple and a challenge all at the same time. Especially when it comes to food allergies or different nutrition needs. The key is all in the planning. Know what you need to shop for, what meal is set for eat day and make sure to do some prep beforehand so the week goes smoothly.
The best thing you can do is involve your kids in helping with meal prep. Let them pick recipes out of the cookbook. They can learn to cut up or mix ingredients together. If you prep a dish they can toss it into the oven when they get home from school so its ready once you are home. Once kids take part in making the meal they will enjoy eating it more too. This teaches great life skills for once they go off to college or live on their own in the future.
- Homemade Pizza- use a bread maker or packet of pizza mix, add fresh produce, cheese and meat
- Pita bread is another option: BBQ Chicken Cheddar Pitas
- Casserole dishes- mac n' cheese, Shrimp and Rice, chicken and wine
- Chili- set it in the crock pot and let it cook all day!
- Lasagna- prep it the day before like on a Sunday and you'll have plenty of leftovers after
- Burritos or Tacos- prep the meat prior or use beans, build your own Mexican meal in a snap
- Stir Fry- use your rice cooker to prep rice and have veggies pre cut
- Salad/Sandwich- Prep a salad to eat cold or hot such as Tortellini with Edamame, coleslaw, Three-Cheese grilled cheese, tuna salad sandwich
- Soup and crackers- buy a soup in bulk, make in a slow cooker like Minetrone Soup w/pasta, beans, and vegetables