Easy Meals With a Grocery List

by David Coodin

    Making meals for your kids that are healthy, delicious and easy can be a challenge. So many lunches and dinners that you want to make simply require too many ingredients that you don't have on hand. Fortunately, preparing a nutritious and yummy meal using only items that you would find on a regular grocery list is easier than you might think. Keep your kids happy and well-fed with a variety of quick meal ideas that won't stress you out or send you back to the grocery store for that one missing ingredient.

    Preparing a quick lunch for kids can be as simple as looking in your fridge. You can't go wrong with a sandwich. Keep a supply of bread in your freezer at all times. If you have lunch meats in the fridge, put some on whole-wheat bread with mustard or light ranch dressing and some lettuce. Peanut butter is another staple that should be at the top of your grocery list, barring any allergies. Make a peanut butter sandwich with jelly or bananas for a quick lunch that your kids will love. A quick salad, using lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers and a creamy dressing also makes a good, quick lunch.

    Making dinner does not need to be an elaborate process that takes all evening. Keep pasta on hand. Boil enough for your family and serve with sauteed onions and mushrooms. Heat up a jar of tomato sauce to go along with it. Fried rice is another easy and quick meal with simple ingredients. Saute onions, garlic, peppers and mushrooms. Stir in a bowl of cooked rice and add soy sauce and sesame oil. A homemade pizza is a also a great quick meal. Make personal pizzas on pita bread with tomato sauce, veggies and cheese.

    Eggs and toast can form the basis of many great and simple breakfasts. Fry an egg and serve it with tomato on toast for a delicious breakfast sandwich. Make a quick omelet with onions, peppers and salsa for flavor. Fruit salad also make a wonderful breakfast using the produce that you have in stock. Mix together sliced apples, bananas, peaches and berries for a nutritious breakfast treat. Yogurt and granola or fruit is another simple breakfast idea that won't make you scramble for extra ingredients.

    In all the chaos of trying to make meals, especially dinner, dessert can be forgotten. Give your kids a simple treat after dinner with ice cream and berries, if you keep them on hand. A quick banana split also makes a tasty dessert. Bake apples in the oven as a dessert. Simply remove the core and fill the center with cinnamon, brown sugar and a touch of butter. Finally, make homemade frozen treats with yogurt and juice in a freezer mold.

    About the Author

    David Coodin began working as a writer in 2005, and has been published in "The Walrus." He contributes to various websites, writing primarily in the areas of education and art. Coodin holds a Ph.D. in English literature from York University in Toronto.

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