Menu Monday: Quick Meals for Hectic Schedules

Life can get a little hectic around here sometimes. Between my husband’s unpredictable work schedule and summer travels starting up, there are many weeks where I need to plan meals that can be changed at a moment’s notice that also are able to be completed in under 30 minutes. All that being said, here are a few of the meals we regularly enjoy that whip up quickly and without much thought (and planning 😉 )

  • Breakfast for dinner — We always have plenty of eggs on hand, so whipping up some scrambled eggs and toast is a go-to option for us. Pancakes are another favorite of ours. If you haven’t tried Kodiak cakes, what are you waiting for?! Kodiak cakes mixes are made with more protein than traditional pancake mixes, and they taste amazing!
  • Frozen pizza or Bagel Pizzas — Please don’t tell me that I am the only one who grew up eating bagel pizzas. They are super simple to throw together and allow each person to customize their pizza exactly how they want it.
    Ingredients:
    Bagels
    Pizza Sauce
    Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
    Toppings of Choice (some of my favorites are pepperoni, green peppers, and ham)
    Instructions:
    Preheat oven to 375°. Toast bagels. Once toasted, add pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings to each half. Place bagels on pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted to your liking. ENJOY!
  • Spaghetti — I think I could eat spaghetti every day and not get sick of it. It reheats so well which means you can make a big batch of it to eat throughout the week if schedules are crazy. (We definitely did that this past week, and I am not mad about it.)
  • Frozen meals from Trader Joe’s — If you have been following along for any length of time, you already know of my undying love for Trader Joe’s. Their frozen meals are a lifesaver for me when I need something that will cook up fast! Trader Joe’s has a wide variety of frozen meals, so I am sure you will find something that fits your taste. Some of our favorites include: frozen turkey meatballs (For an easy and quick meal idea, pour half a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce in the bottom of your crockpot, add in meatballs, and top with the remaining spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. You could eat these straight from the crockpot or place meatballs in sub rolls and top with mozzarella cheese for easy meatball subs!), cilantro chicken wantons (The dipping sauce recipe on the back of the package is delicious! I usually sauté some vegetables and serve wantons and veggies over rice.), and turkey corn dogs (What can I say, I enjoy a good corn dog every once and a while 😉 ).

What are your go-to meals when life is crazy? Please share with me because I am always searching for more ideas! Happy Cooking 🙂

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