Over a year ago, I shared 10 easy “lazy mom” supper ideas, because we can all feel this way, can’t we? I wanted to share those again, and add some additional ones to give you even MORE ideas of what to serve on a night where you have no idea what to serve! These suppers require very little prep and very little, and sometimes NO, cooking time. Obviously, it’s a great thing to make fancy meals for your whole family, but if you are running late, or just tired, like me, adding these in once a week can be a real life saver. Also, it’s always cheaper, and usually healthier, to make a quick dinner at home with what you have than getting take out.
This is still true, isn’t it??
And I STILL get this face when I serve supper sometimes….but now this little one is a year older…and a year sassier.
Here are my *original* top 10 lazy mom suppers.
1. BREAKFAST for dinner! Yummy, many variations here- pancakes, french toast, waffles…my kids will eat them all! Frozen or homemade, each takes just a few minutes.
2. Pizza eggs- on the same theme as breakfast, but eggs are the main piece. After the eggs are done cooking, sprinkle some mozzarella cheese and mini-pepperonis in them, serve with toast.
3. Soup and toast
4. Sandwiches, any variety. Want to spice it up?? Put that crap on a stick, my kids will eat ANYTHING on a stick!
5. BLT. Different than a “sandwich” since you have to cook the bacon!
6. Crescent dogs: hot dogs rolled in an uncooked crescent roll, bake for directed time. Can be served with french fries or tater tots.
7. Pizza rolls: just like the crescent dog but with pizza! Roll each with cheese and pepperonis.
8. Bagel or english muffin pizzas, with or without veggies (with if your kids will allow!)
9. Baked mac and cheese cups: make a basic cheese sauce (make a rue, which is butter and flour, cook till golden, 2-3 minutes, add in milk, salt, pepper, turn heat off, add in shredded cheese, mix till smooth, can also add in some chicken stock to thin) pour over cooked noodles, bake in greased muffin cups for 10 mins. If your kids are adventurous you can sprinkle some bread crumbs on the top before they bake. **this one may take 25 min, but they are really good!
10. Pasta. Make with jarred sauce, butter and parm cheese, cheese sauce (see above), or a lemon sauce (chicken stock, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper) The lemon sauce is good and really only takes a few more minutes. It does take a min or two to chop the garlic, so you can use the food processor like I do, or if you are REALLY lazy, just use garlic powder! Serve it with garlic bread or bread and butter. Here is a link to my simple tomato basil sauce to the lemon pasta recipe. Both are very easy sauces and require VERY little prep!
And now for some addition ideas!!
11. Breakfast burrito: Scrambled eggs, cut up come bacon, sausage and add it in with some shredded cheese, or make it vegetarian and add in some bell pepper, mushrooms or whatever veggies your kids like!
12. Wraps: egg salad, chicken salad or hummus; fill it with whatever your kids will eat!
13. Veggie burgers. Serve on a bun with your favorite sides.
14. Zucchini pizzas: Slice zucchini and top with a dollop of marinara and some shredded cheese, bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is all gooey. You can make a quick egg wash and then dip them in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese to make them crunchier.
15. Salads! Take your lettuce and add in your favorites. For a more kid-friendly feel, set out the add-in choices for them to mix in on their own, like a buffet. Don’t have any pre-cooked protein? Cut up some nitrate free turkey or ham and toss in. Or hard boil an egg or two and chop that guy up. Serve with some bread and fruit for a complete meal.
16. Make a melt: just a fancy way of saying “I warmed this sandwich up!” Open face it under the broiler for a quick melt on the cheese, and then add in your greens.
17. “Supper of smalls”. Once I was SO lazy and didn’t even feel like opening a can of soup so I made a “supper of smalls” which consisted of a whole bunch of small things, all on a big plate: whole wheat crackers, small slices of cheese, pieces of turkey, peas & carrots, grapes, and a mini muffin for dessert: it really was a glorified snack, but since there was so much of it, it worked as a supper! The kids ate it up and I didn’t have to cook one thing.
18. Baked egg cups. Wrap a piece of bacon, or cut a tortilla or piece of bread to fit in a greased muffin tin. Scramble some eggs, salt and pepper and pour in the cup, bake for 20-25 minutes, top with some cheese a few minutes before they are done for it to melt. You can also just do the egg, or chop some additional veggies to throw in their. Very versatile and perfect for little hands.
19. Baked pasta. Make some pasta, toss with your favorite sauce and bake covered with cheese in the oven for 15 minutes. You can even sneak in some chopped or pureed veggies into the sauce before you bake it! I’m a big fan of adding some squash to mine, but the squash takes a bit more prep work.
20. Chicken fried rice: make some fast cooking rice, add in some chicken leftovers and a scrabbled egg then toss with some veggies (like steamed peas, carrots and snap peas) and a simple soy broth: chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Serve with chop sticks if you are daring enough 😉
So there you have it, 20 REALLY simple and easy weeknight “I don’t feel like cooking” ideas. They are all yummy and kid friendly. What’s your favorite busy night go-to meal? I’d love to know some more!