25 Easy Meal Ideas

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Do you want to meal plan but not sure where to begin?  Today I am going to share more easy meal ideas that your whole family will eat.  If you are like me, I can get in a rut but sometimes seeing what others are eating helps me to introduce new foods to my family and spice things up!  I do most of my shopping with Wal-Mart pick-up.  Have I convinced you yet?

How Do you meal plan?

Let’s recap what is on our menu these days!    I plan 5 meals a week using my Simple Purposeful Meal Planner (shop here).  Read this post that helps you meal plan in 7 easy steps.  We either eat leftovers or go out the other nights.  Don’t forget to pin this post and then you can reference it when you go to make your weekly meal plan.

25 Easy Meal Ideas

1.  Cheeseburgers, curly fries, and fruit (pictured above)
2.  Eggs, breakfast sausage, and cinnamon rolls
3.  Chicken Tortilla Soup with fixings
4.  Teriyaki Meatballs, rice, and roasted broccoli
5.  Chicken quesadillas with chips, guacamole, and salsa
6.  Bruschetta chicken pasta with garlic bread (pictured above)
7.  Walking Tacos
8.  Make your own pizzas
9.  Grilled chicken cobb salads with homemade ranch dressing
10.  Bacon, avocado grilled cheese sandwiches (plain grilled cheese for kids)


11. Breakfast stuffing muffins with resurrection rolls & fruit (pictured above, recipe cards below)
12.  Parmesan crusted chicken with fettucini noodles, sautéed peas
Dip chicken breasts into milk and then dip into parmesan cheese. Sautee chicken in a frying pan with butter until lightly browned.  Then, place the chicken in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
13.  Crockpot roast with mashed potatoes and mini corn on the cobs (see crockpot roast recipe below)
14.  Philly cheesesteaks (with leftover roast meat) and tossed salads
15.  One pan chicken fajitas with fixings
16.  Crockpot pulled chicken parmesan paninis  (pictured above) with sautéed green beans
Place raw 4-6 raw chicken breasts into crock pot with a jar of marinara sauce.  Let cook on low for 8 hours.  Remove chicken and shred.  Place onto focaccia bread and sprinkle with parmesean cheese.  Place in oven to melt cheese and then serve.
17.  Tacos with fixings
19.  Gyros with fruit (our local Fareway grocery store says gyro lamb meat)
Cook the lamb strips just like bacon.  Here’s a recipe to make your own cucumber sauce.
20.  Bacon wrapped chicken.  Serve with buttered noodles and roasted broccoli.
21.  Homemade chicken salad pita sandwiches with chips & fruit (see recipe below)
22.  Steaks with roasted potatoes and veggies
23. Turkey and swiss paninis with sautéed green beans
Butter bread and pile with turkey lunch meat and sliced swiss cheese.  Place on a grill pan and grill until golden brown and cheese is melted.
24.  Hamburger hot dish with buttered bread & corn
Brown 1 lb. hamburger, drain and rinse. Then, return meat to the frying pan. Add in a can of Campbell’s french onion soup.  Fill empty can full with regular rice and pour into the frying pan. Add in a can of sliced mushrooms (drain first).  Simmer until rice is tender.  Serve with bread and butter and steamed corn.
25.  Sourdough pancakes, sausage and eggs
Here a few recipe cards for some of the ideas in my meal plan.   Please pin them for later use!  Let me know if you have any other questions. I normally plan on “planned-overs” as my husband’s grandma calls it.  My husband and I normally eat leftovers for lunch so I try to make extra (with a growing boy, that doesn’t always work out!).
Want more ideas?
You can download my free meal ideas printable with over 50 ideas to help you get started meal planning.  Sign-up here.

How do you get your kids to eat what you serve?

I get asked a lot about what our kids eat.  When I make things like chicken salad, I just give them plain chicken in a pita but usually they eat what we eat.  Our rule is you eat as many bites as you are old.  So if you are 5, you need to eat 5 bites to be excused from the table and have dessert.  I normally give them the number of bites on their plate at the start.  If they want more, that’s always welcome (I am looking at you my growing boy #eatingmeoutofhouseandhome).  What are you eating these days that your kids are loving?
Read this article with 10 more easy dinner ideas and this article with 6 simple dessert ideas.

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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