Finding quick and super simple meals ideas that a tween, a teen and a very picky husband will all eat is tough. I mean, like really tough. As a busy mom with little time to dedicate to prepping and cooking meals, tasty, easy and fast are pretty much the only qualities that I look for in my cooking repertoire.
Five of our all time favorite go-to family meals are from Skinnytaste.com. I seriously LOVE Skinnytaste meals. They’re quick, easy and so so good. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I will mention that I substitute all of Gina’s low fat options with the full fat version of that food, but with or without the substitutions, the results are always the same. So freaking good!
Instant Pot: Chicken Curry & Chicken Tikka Masala
These two dishes are probably the most requested dishes in our family. I will usually make instant rice to go with each dish, but personally, I make a nice piece of toasted Italian bread slathered with butter for dipping. But, that’s just me.
Chicken & Broccoli Stir fry & General Tso’s Chicken
Once again, these dishes are two more family favorites. The kids love it. The husband loves it and both dishes are really easy to pull together. Like the other two chicken dishes, I make instant rice to go with both meals. Sure, there are better rice options, but I need speed when it comes to dinner and, on occasions, “instant” sides just need to be included.
Instant Pot Salisbury Steak Meatballs & Garlic Knots
It’s been a while since I’ve made these meatballs, but they rate high on the “mom, dinner was really good” scale. I’m reminded that I have to put this meal back into the weekly rotation.
I added the garlic knots because they are so easy and so delicious I figured, why not? They could easily be added to any one of the dinners listed as a nice little side. My 13 year old daughter makes these, so they definitely rate pretty high on the “easy” scale.
When it comes to anything in my life right now, quick and easy are a must. I’m not much of a chef, so finding recipes that are easy to follow that result in really good food is a must.
Old School Meal Planning – If you’re a Gen Xer like me, then you might remember your “set in stone” family meal plan growing up. Sunday was “Meatloaf Night”, Wednesday was “Pasta Night” and Friday, that was “Chinese Take-Out Night” (so exciting)! And, guess what, these meals were set in stone! It was what it was what it was. Don’t like it, don’t eat. Now, while I don’t have any meal that I cook “set in stone” I do use some of the same practices that our parents used to help me save time, money and reduce stress when it comes to meal planning!
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