Alternative Easy Meals

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One of the biggest places in my budget to save more money is groceries. In fact, I think that I will be able to drop my grocery budget a bit after the holidays. But to maintain this, I am desperate for some new ideas for quick and easy meals. By this, I mean to replace the Ramen nights and the sandwich nights. We are getting a bit tired of both.

Now don’t get me wrong, we (or rather I) do not eat Ramen very often. The kids eat it a bit more frequently when they have to make their own food. But sandwiches are my go to choice when we are rushed or tired or I just don’t have an hour to prepare dinner. (I eat a sandwich every day for lunch if there are no other leftovers to eat, which is fine.)

Princess especially does not like sandwiches. Even though I often have different sides…chips, pickles, grapes, veggies and dip. I think the sandwiches are just getting old.

Leftovers aren’t really available come dinner time because both History Buff and I will eat them for lunch if available. So I must provide a new dinner nightly. And there are just some nights, I need something quick. I’m sure this is not an unusual issue in busy families, whether there are two working parents for a single one.

Hit me with your best ideas for quick and easy and health and cost effective dinners. Preferably made from ingredients that stay fresh for a week or two.

I have started prepping some additional sides to be able grab and go as well:

  • Pasta salad with feta cheese, olives and little pepperonis.
  • Chopped up veggies with a new dip every week or two.
  • Cut up fruit for smoothies (this is great, except Princess doesn’t do smoothies.)

We don’t own a microwave so I don’t do any pre-made items. Although that thought has crossed my mind more and more. Especially as we get into soup season, it would be nice to be able to quickly re-heat soup versus having to put it on the stove.

What are your go to meals when you need something quick? I’m placing a grocery order tomorrow, so any advice would be great!

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