Every parent needs a few quick meal ideas up their sleeve. As parents, your day to day is filled with enough stress already. Meals shouldn’t have to add to the load! Usually, parents give up, head for the nearest McDonalds or order take-out, just to make things a little easier. But, what if we said you can have both quick food, easy, and healthy food that won’t break the bank? I know that sounds far-fetched. But hear us out. If you find yourself dreading meal preparation and at a loss for what to feed your picky eaters, then our list of 25 Quick Meal Ideas for Busy Parents is here to help!
Build Your Own Quesadilla
Between homework, housework, after school activities, and traffic, dinner doesn’t need to add to your daily stress. Let the kids take over dinner by setting up a “quesadilla bar” with bowls of toppings and having them build their own quesadillas.
Hummus and Vegetable Dippers
Hummus and veggies were made for cutting corners and saving time. Just open up your favorite hummus brand, and cut your own veggies, or grab a packet of pre-sliced ones on your next grocery run.
Oatmeal and Fruit Slices
A quick morning meal when you’ve hit snooze one too many times, warm a packet of your choice of oatmeal with milk, and slice up some fruit, like bananas or strawberries, to add some extra natural sweetness.
Sloppy Joe Sliders
A pound of ground beef can go a long way when you spread it over some mini burger buns and add a little cheese. Season the meat with salt, pepper, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar, load it onto the mini buns, and bake for ten minutes.
Mini Build Your Own Pizzas
Minimal effort meets minimal clean up with a “build your own pizza” bar. Lay out the ingredients and let the kids put together their own meal. They will feel creative and you will accomplished when you have that much more time to relax in the evening.