My Dinner Plan When I Don’t Want to Cook


If you’re like me, there comes a time every once in a while, where you just can’t bring yourself to cook another week of dinners. You just can’t come up with another dinner plan for the week.

Maybe you have a busy week at work or with kid activities? Maybe you made a lot of new recipes last week and you’re just burnt out? Maybe you just need a bit of a break and don’t want to make a dinner plan?

I often find myself in the last category; I just need a break from the monotony of making dinner! When this happens, I plan a week of dinners that are really easy for me to make and mostly foods my kids will happily eat.

Here are five meals I make out when the dinner time cooking blues come my way!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is a quick and easy family favorite! While my noodles are cooking, I add frozen meatballs to some sauce in a separate pan over medium-low heat. Combine together once noodles are finished cooking and are drained. To add a special touch, buy a block of parmesan cheese and grate some over the top! Add a green salad or garlic bread on the side to round out this easy meal!

Quesadillas and Salsa Beans

I always have whole wheat quesadillas and cheddar cheese on hand for this very meal. Add shredded cheese to a tortilla and cook over medium heat for a few minutes on each side, until cheese is melted. Meanwhile, heat up a drained and rinsed can of black beans and some salsa over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Slice cooked quesadillas into triangles and serve with a side of beans. Add additional cheese and/or plain Greek yogurt on top of the beans to finish.

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches

Who says you can’t have sandwiches for dinner? I use hamburger buns and add some cheddar cheese, turkey and pickles to each one. Pop into the oven, pre-heated to 350, until toasty and cheese is melted. Add a side of chips, salad or veggies with hummus to round out this easy meal! Hello simple dinner plan!

Chicken Nuggets with Rice and Veggies

Get out your air-fryer for this easy dinner! Pop your favorite brand of nuggets into the air fryer to start. Meanwhile, add a bag of microwavable rice to the microwave to cook and then cool. Add your favorite veggie to round out this meal. We tend to go for roasted broccoli, but you can add whichever one your family likes best! I often add a few dashes of soy sauce to the finished rice to kick this easy meal up a notch!

Waffles with Fruit and Yogurt

This is probably the favorite meal from the above for my kids! We love the kodiak cakes brand! We use the waffle mix and mostly follow the recipe on the box, using half water and half milk, the noted amount of oil and adding a hefty shake of cinnamon. Cook the waffles according to package directions. Meanwhile, cut up some fresh fruit. We personally love banana slices on the side. Feel free to add a small side dish of yogurt to the side to round out this easy dinner.

What do you think? Would making a week of easy meals, like the ones above, help you out with dinner time? I know that when I need a little break from making dinner, or have a busy week when I don’t have much time to make a big dinner, these meals are a life saver!

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