Some kids have gone back to school in parts of the country and by September all kids will be back in school. Even though my kids are fully grown I still vividly remember the panic I felt to get dinner on the table when I did not get home from work until after 5 p.m.
It was worse when the kids were little and in grammar school. With daylight savings time it was dark outside when I left work so my mind was racing about getting the kids fed, bathed, loved and off to bed and dinner had to be something good. Often I forgot to take a protein out of the freezer which made it worse. Does that sound familiar to you?
My saving grace though was cooking ahead on the weekend. I would spend most of a Sunday making spaghetti sauce, soups and anything I could cook later in the week or put in the freezer that was easy to pull out and stick in the oven.
Well never fear, cooking on a budget is here. I've gone through my posts and come up with dinners that you can have on the table in either 45 minutes, 30 minutes or just about an hour. Also these recipes are fairly inexpensive to make but there is no sacrificing flavor. They are all delicious and pretty much kid friendly family fare.
Beginning at the top and going from left to right, I've provided the links to these wonderful family recipes. There is also a bonus at the bottom of the post. Three delicious meals that you can make ahead on the weekend and cook during the week, or assemble and freeze and pull out to cook when you need a dish.
- Parmesan and Panko Pork Cutlets
- Tex-Mex Goulash
- Cavatelli with Sage Parmesan Sauce
- Philly Cube Steak
- Weeknight Cajun Chicken
- Roasted Red Peppa Sauce (over ravioli)
- Sausage, Egg and Cheese Frittata
- Weeknight Quickie: Sausage, Peppers and Onions
- Breakfast Sausage Muffins