Several years ago I realized I was overworking myself when it came to preparing 4 course dinners every night. Not only was I worn out from it, but our budget was over-stretched, we were eating more food than we really needed, and our evenings weren’t as relaxed and family focused as they could be.
So I started introducing “simple meals” and nobody starved or objected. In fact, they’re some of my 4-year-old’s favorite meals. Yes, we eat spaghetti, breakfast for dinner, and tacos plenty throughout the month, but these meals are a nice break from ordinary.
These meals are great for having friends over for lunch, for giving yourself a night off from heavy cooking, for date night when you’re leaving the kids with a babysitter, or for getting a balanced meal when you’ve had cereal for dinner one-too-many-times in a row. Because that’s happened to me. That’s happened to me a lot.
Meal Option 1 (pictured)
Thickly sliced, uncured salami
Baguette, sliced, toasted, and brushed with olive oil
Honey ricotta for spreading on baguette
Meal Option 2
Goat cheese, plain, with herbs, or drizzled in honey
Meal Option 3
Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend (a mixture of Israeli couscous, orzo, split baby garbanzo beans, and quinoa)
Diced chicken seasoned with Cavender’s
Fresh, thickly sliced cucumbers (for serving on the side)
Cook harvest blend according to package directions and chicken until no longer pink. Toss the cooked grains and chicken together in a bowl with a bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with feta. Serve with cucumbers.
Meal Option 4
Store bought rotisserie chicken
Fresh fruit and/or veggies
Dark Chocolate, for dessert
Refer to THIS blog post for additional ideas!