Friday, November 30, 2012

Lazy mommy suppers

Do you ever feel this way??  I totally do, every single day.  Here's a secret: I don't really like cooking.  I love eating, just not cooking.  Two reasons 1. I am tired and 2. my kids wont eat.  It's very discouraging to make a delicious, home cooked, from scratch meal, just to have three peas give you this face:

That's the "I'm not eating this sh*t, no matter how long you make me sit here" face.  Thanks kids!  I appreciate your willingness to try new thing! {grrrrrr} 

I plan my meals out for a month, in pencil, so I can change as needed.  I sprinkle some crock pot meals, lots of pasta dishes, some family favorites, some new dishes and then some "lazy mom supper".  A lazy mom supper is just that: I'm lazy, don't feel like cooking, so let's just make something that I know everyone will eat and call it a day.  A lazy mom supper preferably will be prepared and served in less than 15 minutes, 20 min max.  A lazy mom supper is also not take out.  With three kids, take out is usually more trouble than it's worth and expensive.  Sure, I'll grab a pizza every once in a while, but lately since all our extra money is being diverted to Christmas, I'm trying to do less of that.  I don't make a lazy mom supper when Mr. Pea is home, he usually likes a full meal.  Lastly, I will pair each lazy mom supper with a fruit and veggie and serve with milk; makes it healthier ;)

*Please note, a crock pot meal, to me, doesn't classify as a lazy mom supper because I would've had to been thinking of dinner, WAY earlier, and I don't do that when I am lazy.

Here are my top 10 lazy mom suppers. 

1. BREAKFAST for dinner!  Yummy, many variations here- pancakes, french toast, 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

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! :)  Can serve with garlic bread or bread and butter.

Ok, so there you have it.  My top lazy mom dinners.  What are your favorites???  Share with me below!  One can never have too many lazy mom meals up her sleeve :)


Courtney said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture of Hannah. It has me cracking up over here. In fact, when I need a good chuckle, I might have to come look at this post ;)

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