Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Quick Meals for Hectic Weekdays

Early Autumn can be a hectic time for many people. Kids are going back to school, sports and activities are starting up, and if you're taking college classes, that starts too. I'm starting back in on full time classes, so even though I don't have children to worry about, cooking can still be a little more stressful. I've compiled some of my favorite quick and easy ideas and recipes for breakfast, lunchboxes, snacks (even college students enjoy a home-from-school snack!), and dinners. Good luck and enjoy!

Breakfast Burritos- Brown 1 pound of sausage in a skillet, then add 1 dozen eggs, fry, and stir together to create a burrito filling. Refrigerate this until you want to make your burrito. In the morning, heat up the filling, then put a little into a flour tortilla and top with cheese. Microwave until the cheese is melted and this will also soften up the tortilla (about 10 seconds). This idea came from my mother-in-law and it has been great for us to have a more nutritional breakfast for those busy mornings.

Waffle Sandwich- See Simply Homemade Mom's recipe here!

Peanut Butter and Fruit Sandwich- Like PB&J, but use strawberry or banana slices instead of jelly!

Fruit and Yogurt- Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and bananas taste great paired with vanilla yogurt. Top with a little chocolate syrup, crushed graham crackers, or oats. 

Lunchbox Ideas:
Use up those leftovers! 
Leftover chicken can easily be made into a wrap. Just put the chicken, some ranch, lettuce, cheese, and toppings into a tortilla and wrap it up! Delicious alternative to a sandwich.

Leftover steak (or any meat, really) can make a delicious sandwich if you shred it and add some BBQ sauce.

After-School Snacks:
Pepperoni Crescent Rolls- These are all over Pinterest, and I don't even use a recipe to make mine (the concept is pretty simple). Just unroll refrigerated crescent rolls, fill with mozzarella and pepperoni, roll back up, sprinkle with Parmesan  and bake for the amount recommended on the can. Then serve with marinara. Yum!

Cinnamon Toast- This was a childhood favorite of mine! Pop some bread into the toaster, then spread with butter and top with cinnamon and sugar.

Graham Treat- My husband laughs at the name I give this. Take a graham cracker, spread peanut butter on top, then top with chocolate chips or chocolate syrup. It's great for a quick sweet treat!

Fruit- Strawberries, kiwis, bananas, grapes, whatever you have on hand. Fruit is quick, healthy, and tasty!

String Cheese- this is a fun snack and is also healthy. I like mine with some marinara sauce

Nuts- Good with string cheese and healthy

Cookies- Though not the healthiest, it's nice to have a sweeter snack now and then. I like to always have cookies on hand (does that make me a grandmother?) Here is my favorite recipe so far!

Simple Dinners:

Easy Chicken Enchiladas- Delicious and unbelievably easy

Baked Chicken- Healthy, quick, and tasty

Ham & Beans- Super easy in a slow cooker. Serve with cornbread for a full meal. My husband says this might be his FAVORITE meal I make, so I make it often.

I hope these ideas are helpful for you. I'd love to hear some of your favorite hectic weekday meals and ideas! Also, don't forget to subscribe to Never Finished via Bloglovin' here! For more great food ideas and fun, follow me on Pinterest here!

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Other Back-To-School Posts:
Top 10 Tips for Studying Success
A Fun Back-To-School Hair and Makeup Tutorial

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