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Simple Snack Tray Supper

 

Snack trays are the family-friendly version of the ever-popular charcuterie boards and I have never met a charcuterie board I didn’t like.  Snack tray suppers are going to be your new best friend.  Try a snack tray for your next family meal and your kids will think you are a genius, you are welcome!

 

 

Snack Tray Supper – A Happy Accident

Our Sunday night snack tray supper tradition started by accident which is usually how all good traditions get started!  We were running low on food since I grocery shop on Monday mornings.  We are on a tight budget at the moment since we are adopting so going out to eat was not an option.

So, I just gathered up all the random leftovers and pantry staples we had on hand and put them on a big tray.  To make it a little more fun, since I wasn’t sure how it would go over, I pulled out a waterproof picnic blanket and we ate our snack tray supper in the living room.

 

 

Love at First Bite

It was love at first bite!  Not only could my kids pick what they wanted to eat off the tray, but we also sat on a picnic cloth in the family room.  From my perspective, I fell short and from their perspective I was genius!  Just goes to show, we can be awfully hard on ourselves as moms!

 

 

A Weekly Tradition

I now write “snack tray supper” for every Sunday on my weekly meal planner (get yours here).   The snack tray is never the same week to week because it’s based on what we have leftover.  Some weeks it’s heavy on the popcorn (because I always have popcorn in the pantry) and other weeks it’s heavy on refrigerated leftovers.    I thought I would share a few ideas to help you get started with your own snack tray supper tradition.

 

 

What to Put on the snack tray?

Nothing is off limits and the options are endless.  Literally, start by pulling out leftovers from your fridge and your pantry.  I try to include lots of different food groups but some weeks the pantry and refrigerator are a little leaner than others.   Here’s a list of popular favorites for our family!

Raw sliced vegetables

Fruit – Dried and fresh cut

Cheeses – string cheese, sliced cheese, block cheese, spreadable cheeses

Cured meats – salami, summer sausage, braunschweiger, jerky

Chips 

Crackers

Pita Chips

Pretzels

Popcorn

Dips – Hummus, Salsa, Guacamole, Queso Aldi’s Frozen Buffalo Chicken Dip, Aldi’s Frozen Spinach Artichoke Dip, Ranch Dressing, layered dips, yogurt dips

Nuts 

Trail mix

Pickles 

Olives

You can even add in desserts and candy or you could make a separate dessert snack tray!  Now that I say that out loud, my kids are going to want that stat.  The options are endless when it comes to snack trays.  You can be as creative and in as many things as you want.  It’s perfect finger-food and kids love the chance to choose their own adventure when it comes to dinner.

 

Snack Trays Are Not Just for Dinner

Snack trays aren’t just perfect for dinner, they are perfect for lunches and get-togethers too!  Summer is coming, save on the dishes and make up a snack tray and eat on the driveway or outside in the grass.  Avoid sweeping and your kids will think it’s the coolest thing ever!  Take it on the road!  The options are endless.

 

Before you know it, your kids will be making snack tray suppers for their dolls!  How cute is that pint-size snack tray supper?

 

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10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Dinnertime at our house is preceded by the busy after-school rush which means I need easy dinner recipes that the family will love or more realistically some will love and everyone will eat ;)!    There are a few tried and true recipes that I make on repeat at our house because they always get a good reception.  I thought I would share them with you today in case you need a little inspiration as you meal plan and add a few new easy dinner recipes to your line-up!

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10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Italian Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans

This is my go-to for taking a meal to someone.  It’s an easy all-in-one meal to make in a disposable pan.  My kids gobble it up and I love that it can be made ahead.  Find the full recipe here.

Crockpot Pot Roast

My kids love any meat cooked in a crockpot.  This pot roast can be topped with carrots, onions, and potatoes or served shredded on a hoagie roll with a side of au jus. We always love to make this early in the week and enjoy the leftovers.  Find the recipe card in this post.

Breakfast for Dinner

My kids request resurrection rolls all year long.  They are perfect with eggs and breakfast sausage.  Some weeks we do pancakes and bacon.  We also love making a simple quiche and serving it alongside fruit and refrigerated cinnamon rolls.  Check out these simple love-inspired breakfast recipes.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This slow cooker recipe with just 6 ingredients is perfect for a busy weeknight.  Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and cook all day.  The soup will be ready to serve with some guacamole, sour cream, tortilla chips, and shredded cheese for dinner.  Find the recipe here.

Mexican Casserole

When we got married, they asked Scott what his favorite meal I made was and he said this recipe.   Funny story, it’s actually his mom’s recipe and I never let him live that down!  Our entire family loves Mexican food.  This makes a great warm appetizer too and we serve it with chips, sour cream, and guacamole.  Check out the recipe here.

Baked Enchiladas

Need a variation to the typical taco dish.  Try this easy baked enchiladas.  You can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze then bake for a yummy weeknight meal.  It’s also perfect for entertaing.  Check out the recipe here.

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Some nights just call for a sandwich.  Whether that means we are eating on the sidelines of a game or we need to rush out the door.  Chicken salad is perfect to eat with crackers or made into a sandwich.  I love adding pecans and apples in the fall!  Check out the recipe here.

Walking Tacos & Taco Salads

Cook up some ground beef, season it with taco seasoning and I also add in a can of rinsed black beans and canned carrots to extend the meat and add in some good nutrition.  We buy Doritos chips, crunch them up and layer on the ground beef mixture, shredded lettuce, cheese, and other traditional toppings.  If you never have had a walking taco, you need to try it.  My kids ask for them weekly.   They are great for a crowd too!

Pork Tenderloin, Rice & Veggies

Marinated pork tenderloin is so easy and delicious.  In the summer, butterfly cut it and grill it.  In the winter, pop it in the crockpot for the day. Serve it with a side of seasoned rice or quinoa.  If I am in a hurry, I will buy the microwave rice bags and steam up some frozen veggies as well.

Chicken Pot Pie

This delicious and insanely easy recipe is perfect for making ahead and freezing.  It has just 4 ingredients. Serve it up with some bread!  Check out the full recipe here.

Chicken Nugget Parmesean

This is so simple but another fan favorite.  We get the all white meat chicken nuggets and cook them.  Then, we boil some spaghetti and warm up some spaghetti sauce.  I usually add in about a 1/8 cup of sugar to the sauce for a sweeter taste.  I cut up the chicken nuggets and layer on top of the spaghetti and sauce and garnish with parmesan cheese.  We usually serve with garlic breadsticks and a side salad!

Chicken Stuffing Bake

This is another great meal to take to others.  You layer in 4-6 chicken breasts in the bottom of a sprayed 9×13 pan, then layer on 2 cans of cream of chicken soup and then place a box of prepared stuffing mix (I mix mine up in the microwave).  Cook for 30-40 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees or until chicken is cooked through.  You can serve over rice or alongside some vegetables.  This is another great meal you can make ahead or make in the crockpot (just cook on low for 8 hours with chicken on bottom).

Simple Meals Make Meal-time Easy

So, there you have it, 10 simple and easy dinner recipes we make on repeat around here.  Do you have any go-to meals that you make repeatedly?  What does your family always request? Hands down we have to have a Mexican dish of some kind every single week!

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