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Parents' Blog

3 Easy and Budget Friendly Weeknight Meals

February 01, 2017

Does it get any better than that? Busy parents on a budget need all the help we can get sometimes to find a good balance of keeping little ones happy with what we put on the table and staying within a grocery budget. These are three of our family's favorites wallet friendly meals.

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Make Ahead Meals - Perfect For Busy Families

September 21, 2016

School is already in full swing and with our busy schedules, make ahead meals are such a great idea. They make dinner time a breeze, and there is little to no clean up after dinner. Just a few dishes, and maybe a pot or two for side dishes. You can even get some disposable casserole dishes from the dollar store to make your prep even easier, and save some room in your freezer! If you follow my monthly menus, you'll know how much I love just cooking once, and being able to have multiple meals ready. My CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce is the perfect base for these meals. There is so much you can do with it; freeze the sauce just as is it to make a simple pasta dish one night, or mix it with some cheeses and cooked pasta for a baked ziti or use it for one of my most popular recipes - Chicken Parmesan Casserole. The recipe ideas with spaghetti sauce are endless, and best of all, it's very budget friendly!! There are so many options for make ahead meals, from breakfast to dinner with some after-school snacks too! With just a little bit of planning, and prep, you can make a months worth of food in one day. Just think about the time you'll save after work, or on those nights before practice or dance lessons!!

Breakfast

Breakfast Quesadillas Breakfast Burritos Mini Frittatas French Toast Sticks

Meatless

Stuffed Shells 3 Cheese Spinach Lasagna Rolls Easy Cheesy Lasagna Quite Possibly the ONLY Lasagna Recipe You'll Ever Need![/caption] Baked Ziti Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas Eggplant Parmesan

Chicken

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Chicken Enchiladas Chicken Nuggets (with hidden veggies) Mini Chicken-Pot Pie Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole BBQ Chicken Quesadillas Tortilla-Chip Crusted Chicken Tenders Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Beef and Pork

Meat Lasagna Surprise Meatballs Tatertot Casserole Pizza Lasagna Rolls Pork Pot Stickers Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake Italian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Dining with a Toddler: Calming the Dinner Time Chaos

April 02, 2016

When I had my son everyone, including our pediatrician, warned me about the witching hour. That glorious time of day where your newborn is fussy and it is nearly impossible to console, let alone get anything done because you are wearing holes in the hallway or doing squats while singing. Really, doing whatever it takes to keep your baby from crying, counting the minutes until your husband gets home and takes over while you cook dinner. As the witching hour phase passed we entered a new phase, the phase no one warned me about! For me, it was a much less enjoyable stage - the one where my husband and I were both back to work… and someone still had to make dinner.

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