When the kids have after school activities, with barely time in between to eat before rushing off to basketball practice, while That Man’s working late… It’s “Emergency Meals” to the rescue. I need to expand my list of quick, easy, and healthy things to make and I’m hoping you have some ideas.
For the family, one of our go-to meals is jarred spaghetti sauce (I like Bertoli’s), with a little lean browned hamburger and whole wheat pasta. A quick salad or some frozen veggies and dinner’s ready in about 30 minutes, if I have the hamburger thawed.
Another dish the monsters love but isn’t so healthy: leftover ham (usually the last of the deli ham before it goes bad), browned a little in a pan, with a jar of Bertoli’s alfredo sauce, a can of peas, a can of sliced mushrooms, and whole wheat pasta. Like I said, not the healthiest with that creamy sauce, but man it’s pretty good and FAST.
One of the monsters’ favorite dishes is “Sloppy Joes” – only made with BBQ sauce instead of Manwich sauce (it’s too “spicy” for them). I don’t like all that meat and I sure don’t need the buns, but this is a good option if I have something easy to throw together for myself.
And of course, the monsters loooove tacos, if I remember to keep tortillas on hand (they prefer soft instead of crunchy). I typically have a taco salad that night or toast some corn tortillas in the oven. If I have chicken breasts in the fridge, I just throw them in the crock pot at lunch (still frozen) with taco seasoning and salsa. They’ll be ready to shred by dinner and I’ll have enough leftovers for lunch for several days.
Now the real go-to ER meal — when people are SICK — isn’t quick but I always make it as soon as feasible. Homemade chicken soup with homemade egg noodles. That Man and Middle have been sick all weekend, so tonight I brought out the big guns. Three jars of delicious rich chicken broth made with the bones of chickens I roasted in the oven with lemons and rosemary, super nutritious with all those bone nutrients and gelatin. I wasn’t planning on a big batch of chicken soup, so I didn’t have celery or potatoes on hand, so I had to punt a little. I had 3 scrawny little potatoes that I diced real small, plus lots of carrots, a whole onion sauteed in olive oil, and chicken breast. I was out of fresh garlic, unfortunately – we could have really used its powerful healing ability. Princess made quad batch of egg noodles for me.
The five of us cleaned up the entire batch. Middle had 4 bowls. Considering she hadn’t eaten anything else all day, I hope that’s a good sign. The broth was sooooo good.
This weekend I’ll be roasting more chickens to restock my broth!
Can you recommend any quick and easy and HEALTHY emergency meals?