It’s inevitable… every few weeks I have a dinner fail. Once, I was making braised beef and grossly underestimated how long it would take to cook. Another time, I was getting ready to make chicken parmesan, when The Goose stubbed his toe and had a complete meltdown. There was no way I was going to be able to spare 30 minutes to bread chicken. And then there was the time we had a horrible rainstorm on the way home from swim class. Our usual fifteen minute drive took forty-five minutes, and by the time we got home we were starving, The Goose was crying and dinner wasn’t even started yet.
On those days, I am so glad that I have a quick and easy dinner back-up plan. Because, even when life happens, you still need to eat.
Back-Up Dinner #1:
Macaroni and Cheese, Polish Sausage and Steamed Broccoli
Because The Goose loves macaroni and cheese, this is always our first choice when we need dinner in a hurry. Even though he always tells me that he likes my homemade macaroni and cheese better, it doesn’t stop him from taking a second helping of the boxed stuff.
Back-Up Dinner #2:
Tuna casserole is super easy, takes just a few minutes to make, and is always a winner. I just cook egg noodles (usually about 8 ounces for the three of us). Once the noodles are cooked I drain them and put them back into the pot. Then I add in two cans of cream of mushroom soup, a handful of frozen peas, and three or four cans of tuna fish. Sometimes I also add a splash of milk if the casserole seems to dry. And that’s it. Dinner in less than fifteen minutes.
Back-Up Dinner #3:
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Vegetable Soup
We’re all fans of grilled cheese – but who isn’t? The Goose and I like our sandwiches with American cheese, while my husband loves pepper jack with his. I always keep a family sized can of vegetable soup in the cupboard especially for this meal.
Our dinner back-up plan isn’t fancy, and I wouldn’t necessarily call it healthy (though I do incorporate vegetables into all of the meals), but it works in a pinch. And it is made up of foods that we don’t typically include in our weekly meal plan – which means that our dinner in a hurry is always a special treat.