Stumped for dinner? Here are some easy meals using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. I like keeping chicken and ground beef around so I don’t have to do as much daily meal planning. Let’s be honest — with 3 young kids, meal planning at our house rarely happens! These dinner ideas are simple to whip up and kid-friendly too!
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Chicken with Apples & Sweet Potatoes
Everything goes with chicken right? My kids love chicken so I often make spontaneous stir fries using chicken and any combination of ingredients. I recently combined chicken, apple slices, and sweet potato to make a delicious sweet-savory meal that I cooked in minutes in a frying pan. Easy peasy dinner.
Chicken, defrosted and sliced
Cubed sweet potato
Thin slices of bacon (optional)
Salt & pepper
Add a dash of oil to your frying pan and place strips of chicken and chunks of sweet potato on top. Cool 10ish minutes until the chicken starts looking cooked. Season with salt and pepper. Add slices of apple and strips of cooked bacon and continue cooking over medium heat until the chicken reaches 160+ degrees on a meat thermometer. Serve with a side vegetable or dinner salad.
Easy Gourmet Pizza
Pizza is an easy win in our family! I keep balls of homemade pizza dough in the freezer to use for an easy dinner. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface and top with a thin layer of tomato sauce, pizza toppings and mozzarella. Bake on a parchment paper lined cooking sheet at 475 degrees for 12-18 minutes until crispy.
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Favorite Pizza Toppings
Olives (black or Kalamata)
Sliced green pepper
Fresh garlic, whole or minced
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Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
My kids love homemade macaroni and cheese and it’s so easy to make that there’s no reason for me to buy boxed mac ‘n cheese.
Simply boil noodles and make a homemade cheese sauce with 3 easy ingredients.
- 3/4 cup light cream
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp. butter
Add 1.4 cup Parmesan cheese to make a richer sauce. I would not recommend substituting the cream for half & half or milk because too much heat will cause your homemade cheese sauce to separate. Cream can be cooked for awhile over medium heat without separating and creating chunky sauce.
Easily store leftovers in Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE food storage containers
Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes
These sumptious potatoes are easy to make in about 1 hour. Bake baby red potatoes in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes, turning them over after 10 minutes. Check by inserting a knife and bake a few minutes more if they don’t seem fully cooked.
Allow the baked potatoes to cool and then slice them in half. Scoop out the middle of each potato half, leaving a thin edge to create a “shell”. Mix the scooped potato with sour cream, butter, shredded cheese, cooked bacon bits, and salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon the potato mixture back into each baby red potato shell. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake 10-15 more minutes until slightly browned.
Top with sour cream and chopped chives.
Tacos are a basic meal that we enjoy almost every week. It’s so easy to throw ground beef into a pan with chopped onion, garlic and taco seasoning. Once fully cooked, spoon the taco meat into a hard shell taco or soft flour tortilla and top with chopped lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa. Yum!
Store leftovers for easy lunches
We love enjoying leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day, which significantly cuts down on family meal prep. My kids love left over macaroni and cheese and taco meat with lots of sour cream. These handy food storage containers from Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE lock in the freshness of your leftovers while also preventing food from spilling in the fridge. The watertight seal makes these leak-proof food storage containers ideal for holding soups and sauces as well as pastas and salads. I received a set of one large and two small Rubermaid BRILLIANCE food storage containers to try out.
Rubbermaid BRILIANCE food storage containers have a tab on each side, allowing you to lock the lid down for maximum freshness. The tabs are easy to push down and unclasp and the lids have wide edges allowing you to easily break the seal and remove the top. I also appreciate the minimalistic design of these food storage containers that are easy to clean and don’t have many crevices for food to get stuck in. Rubbermaid BRILIANCE stain resistant food storage containers are also dishwasher safe for easy sanitizing. They easily stack to take up minimal space in the fridge when storing leftovers.
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- Designed with an airtight leak-proof seal and innovative latches.
- Crystal clear stain resistant material keeps the container looking new and resists odors.
- Innovative vents allow microwaving with the lid on and latches open to help reduce splatters.
- Stacks perfectly for efficient organization in the refrigerator.
- Available in five sizes to hold all types of foods.
- Comes in multi-piece sets which stack perfectly together.
After trying out these Rubbermaid storage containers for a few meals, I’d definitely recommend them for streamlining your refrigerator and pantry. They can be used for cold and dry storage and effectively keep food fresh and seal in or keep out moisture. My husband and I take turns cooking and it’s nice to have go-to meal prep containers to store ingredients, preserve fresh baked goods, and organize our family’s leftovers in the fridge.
What is your family’s favorite meal or helpful meal-planning tip?
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Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, DIY projects, photography, homeschooling my kids, traveling, and serving people. I’ve previously worked as a graphic designer, web designer, journalist and barista. I started Create. Play. Travel. to share some of our creative projects and family adventures. I hope you enjoy the highlights of our creative family life!