I'll take a burger with a kids meal please!

  1. Where all my mommies at?!?!?

    This a post in reference to the fact I feel like my daughter could be the poster child for chef boyardee lol. I have notice that for the past two years I can probably count on my fingers and toes how many homemade meals I've made. Now if it was just me I really wouldn't care, but being as though I have a growing child on my hands I know I have to do better. But I hate sacrificing study time to stir pasta. So I guess my question is do you have any ideas for quick meals to get me and my child through nursing school without being severely obese or malnourished?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Sun0408
    Pintrest is your friend!! Love that place for meal ideas
  4. by   Sun0408
    Oh and a crockpot does all the work for you plus a power pressure cooker!! Meals done in minutes with that thing!! Love them both
  5. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    When I get overwhelmed, I do batch cooking - I make spaghetti sauce, chili, lasagna, etc and freeze it.
  6. by   TiredKitten
    We eat out a lot in my house. Hubby usually cooked everything other than simple stuff like spaghetti. But he was disabled in a wreck a few years ago while I was in nursing school, so he can't stand very long to cook like he used to.

    I have recently been feeling guilty over them not eating homepage meals anymore. One thing I discovered is Walmart has these really tasty rotisserie chickens for $4.99. We have been buying a lot of these lately. I get one, pull all the chicken off the bone to set in the rotisserie juices while I make some rice or instant potatoes and veggies. Get a pretty good meal in less than 10 minutes that is way cheaper than dollar menu. My family of 4 can eat and have enough chicken left over for 1 or 2 people.

    I second the crockpot. I bought one to try out more meal options like roasts since I don't like to cook.
  7. by   sunny3811
    Get a Crockpot. You can make a lot of stuff in those. I follow Tasty and 12 Tomatoes on FB, and they do crockpot meals and desserts too.
  8. by   NickiLaughs
    My kid won't eat anything other than chicken nuggets and turkey sandwiches...I have no suggestions, but I feel your pain. I tried the starvation method of eating where his only choice is what we eat but then he puked, every single meal for a week that wasn't breakfast. I was a very picky eater as a kid and always had texture issues. So it's my own damn genetics paying me back.
  9. by   quazar
    My kids have feeding disorders. As long as they eat, I'm happy. I have low standards.
  10. by   NurseGirl525
    I have an incredible man who cooks for me on nights I work. I help out on the night s I don't. It's 50/50 in my house. I now I'm lucky.

    I must ask are you studying so much you do my have time to cook? Study more efficiently, not more time. Cooking can be a great stress reliever.
  11. by   Rexie
    I agree that the rotisserie chicken is your friend. They're fairly inexpensive and versatile. I'll pick one up and serve it as part of dinner. Rice is easy and quick. In a pinch, they even sell rice that you can cook in the microwave. Zap some frozen veggies in the microwave and viola! Dinner!

    Next day, if there is any meat left on your chicken, it can be used for chicken salad or reheat with some fajita seasoning and serve on tortillas.

    Crock pots are great. My only issue with them is that they - for me - a pain to clean. They do sell liners that make clean up very easy. There are tons of slow cooker recipes on the Internet. I like to make a batch of meatballs and store them in the freezer. When I want to cook them, I put them in the crockpot frozen and pour a jar of two of marinara sauce and set to low. When I get home, I cook a pound of pasta or toast some sub rolls for meatball subs. It's also really easy to bake a pound or two of Italian sausage and freeze them. Prepare the same way as the meatballs.

    I love leftovers. It's just dh and me now, but before the kids moved out on their own, I used to like to make a roast on my day off and then eat leftovers for the next few days. If we had a roast beef, I would slice it really thin and cook the leftovers in the crock pot with the leftover gravy and serve with noodles.

    If I'm cooking dinner on a night off, I sometimes cook a double recipe and freeze half. This works really well for lasagna but I'm sure there are other dishes that work well.

    Now that the warmer weather is here, salad can be an easy but nutrious meal. I've marinated boneless chicken breasts and grilled them then froze them. They're easy to heat up in the microwave to serve on a salad. Shrimp is good too.

    It takes a little bit of planning but making more home cooked meals is possible. I work 12's and don't cook as often as I feel I should but every little bit helps. The less take out I eat, the better I feel so I try to keep that in mind when I don't really feel like cooking.
  12. by   vintagemother
    To be honest.... While I'm really into helping my kid develop healthful eating habits.... During nursing school, I did serve him a lot of convenience foods: Ramen, Premade Mac n cheese, granola bars, etc (I was also on a budget) yogurt, cows milk (he loves it, i don't drink it as I'm semi- vegan, lol), water bottles with sugar free packets.

    I've also done whole grain pastas with Premade sauce from health food stores-like pesto, spaghetti sauce, etc. at the health food stores you can find these sauces with fewer extra ingredients like preservatives, sugar and salt.

    I've done the rotisserie chicken thing, too! I can make many meals from just one chicken- lasts us a few days.

    I always tried to keep fresh fruit and fresh carrots in the house for him, too.

    Now that my budget is healthier, because I'm working, but my time is still limited, I've been making some big batches of stuff that will last us: soups (mostly bean based), stir fries with brown rice, etc.

    Yesterday we had microwaved homemade pizzas on whole wheat pita bread with veggies, cheese, tomato paste and pepperoni for him. (Home made, pre made vegan Seitan for me!)

    Crock pots are awesome! I just have difficulty finding vegan recipes to make in them....

    I plan to start keeping stuff for PB&J in the house. (I use p-nut butter that only has p-nuts as the sole ingredient, jelly that's pure fruit, and whole grain bread.

    Oh! My fast food cheap go-to: deal taco family pack! $8.99 for 6 burritos and 6 tacos! Kinda healthy....not really! [emoji23]
    Last edit by vintagemother on Jun 15, '16
  13. by   Libby1987
    It may be too hot to do this now but I think the easiest way to cook is to toss anything in some olive oil and roast in the oven for an hour or so. And roasting makes everything taste better.

    Another fast decent thing to cook is instant brown rice with a bag of frozen mixed veggies and rotisserie chicken.

    Breakfast burritos with a big pan of scrambled eggs, salsa and pre shredded cheese.

    Suoer easy non mayo potato salad: tiny red potatoes or chopped large red potatoes parboiled then finished in hot oven or just boiled then toss with frozen or jarred pesto thinned with olive oil.

    Aidels precooked chicken sausage with anything.

    Grilled cheese sandwiches with sourdough and sharp cheddar with side of fresh seasonal fruit. Change up the cheese and/or add ham or prosciutto for variety.
  14. by   amoLucia
    to Rexie - tip. Always, always, always LIBERALLY spray your crockpot with PAM spray. You won't need those liner$.

    Grocery store Kitchen Court carries all kinds of rotisserie stuff besides chicken, like pork loin roasts and turkey breasts. They even sell the gravy. Easy peasy!

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