Easy Dinner Ideas That Will Save You Time And Money

Moms! I’m all about having a plan. This is true when it comes to running my online business and when it comes to running my household. Dinnertime is no different. Do you ever struggle coming up with easy dinner ideas that your family will love? Yeah – I’ve been there. If you follow me on Instagram, I usually chronicle my meal choices and not all of them are successes. Hey! I’m just being honest. Parents should stick together and so I wanted to write this post to give you a few tips that might help you this back to school season and beyond.

Easy Dinner Ideas That Will Save You Time And Money

I have a few of these articles in mind, but I wanted to start with dinner because we find this meal always seems to creep up on us! Before we know it, it’s 5PM, our children are all home from their after-school activities and STARVING. I know this sounds familiar. I don’t even have to ask you!!

If you are looking for easy dinner ideas, here are some great solutions:

Easy Dinner Ideas That Will Save You Time And Sanity

Antipasto Night

It just doesn’t get easier than this. Once a week, I turn to my pantry and create an antipasto night for the family. No oven required! It takes a few minutes to put together and everyone LOVES the meal. Full confession – antipasto is literally my favorite part of any meal. Whenever we go to a party, I always run for the artichokes and salami. What can I say? I’m half Italian!

If you want to create an antipasto night of your own consider adding the following items to your grocery list:

  • Salami / Pepperoni
  • Olives – variety
  • Roasted peppers
  • Artichokes
  • Peanuts
  • Crackers
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Mozzarella (Fresh if you can get it)
  • Other favorite cheese
  • Red /Orange / Yellow Bell peppers
  • (whatever you LIKE)

Mix and match. Enjoy what you want and then save the rest for tomorrow. Clean up is a breeze and everyone leaves the table satisfied. Nothing is fried and everyone is happy – including you.

Easy Dinner Ideas That Will Save You Time And Sanity

Slow Cooker / Crock Pot Recipes

When I know that my family is going to have a particularly stressful day, I prep dinner WAY ahead of time. We are talking in the AM – before breakfast!! If you have a slow cooker, you can absolutely do the same. I have a Pinterest board completely dedicated to my favorite recipe finds.  Check it out when you have a chance. Looking for specific favorites? No problem!  Check out my Crockpot Taco and Rice Recipe! So easy to make.

Easy Dinner Ideas That Will Save You Time And Sanity

Omaha Steaks – Bulk Order Your Meat

I’ve been talking about Omaha Steak for a few months now and with good reason. My husband and I are all about quality and convenience. Sometimes you sacrifice one to get the other. That’s just the way of life, right? Well, with Omaha Steaks, you can enjoy the best of both of those worlds and that equals TOTAL PARADISE!

The packages are incredible and filled with such variety!  It’s not just steaks! Can we just start off with that right now? Chicken, burgers, franks, smokers, sausage and more!  You can customize your own packages or choose one that is already created. Let’s take a look at one that is set up for you.

Easy Dinner Ideas That Will Save You Time And Sanity

If sold separately, this package would run you over $130, but together you get filet mignons, top sirloin, pork chops, franks, apple tartlets, and season packets for under $60! See the list for complete details. And yes, you read that correctly – desserts are available! Other packages have side dishes as well. Totally amazing.

The portions are vacuumed sealed to keep in freshness and are individually portioned. So, if you want one filet mignon and your husband wants a sirloin – you can do that! The entire lot arrives frozen so it stays fresh until ready for consumption.

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If you want to look at some of the Omaha Steak boxes, take a look at this video. So many easy dinner ideas in one spot. As you will see, I have sides and main dishes all wrapped together! Cook and serve!

Easy Dinner Ideas That Will Save You Time And Sanity

Set A Weekly Menu

Organization gives me LIFE. I need to sit down and figure out WHAT I am making and when! In fact, it’s best that everybody talks about what we want TOGETHER as a team. I find the kids eat more of our food if they feel invested in the decision-making process. So, we come together as a group and decide what night we want tacos and what night we want pancakes! Once you place your easy dinner ideas all on one list, you can then figure out your action plan.

If you don’t know where to begin with meal planning, check out this quick video I did about some really cheap solutions to help you get started.

Easy Dinner Ideas That Will Save You Time And Sanity

Your Kids Can Help You Make Dinner

My daughter is 13 and she wants to be a baker when she grows up. In fact, her favorite thing to do is to dirty my kitchen. 🙂 Ahhh – I’m just teasing. Sort of. Don’t stop your kids from helping you in the kitchen. In fact, start them out as soon as you can. They can wash vegetables, mix salads, set the table, and more! It’s all up to you and how much control you are willing to let go.

Yeah – I said it. We are control freaks. Let it go. Children should do so much more but we don’t allow it because they don’t do it “right”. Well, that is not the best attitude. So WHAT the string beans won’t be perfectly chopped! Or the salad will be a little soggy… they will eventually learn. We all do.

Here are a few easy dinner ideas that your children can handle:

  • Grilled cheese and tomato soup (from the can)
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Grilled chicken and rice (do you have a rice cooker? YOU NEED A RICE COOKER)
  • Roasted potatoes and hot dogs

It doesn’t have to be terribly gourmet, but it does have to be easy to make. And if you have another kid, have them do the dishes. That’s what we do in our house. It works wonderfully!

Do you have any easy dinner ideas? I have plenty of recipes for you to check out here. Would love for you to share your favorites below!

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

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