Food Ideas for The Whole Family

I love that meme that goes around saying "What? I have to make dinner every night?" because it does end up getting difficult to think of how to feed your family night after night. Yes, takeout is an option, but it is pricey. Here's some great ideas from a reader on how to feel your family. 

Figuring out what to make for dinner every night can become a huge hassle if you run out of ideas. I mean, no one's that creative, right? And of course, if you make a big meal and expect it to last the week, the kids will definitely get bored with it.

So what's the alternative? We've done the hard work of coming up with fun cooking ideas for you! Here are some delicious options for meals that are even fun to make as a family!

Homemade Pizza

While the temptation may be strong to simply call up your local pizzeria and grab food to-go, making your pizza at home with your family will be healthier! We all know that a good, home-cooked meal always tastes better than its fast-food alternative. You'll only need a few extra materials to make it happen.

You can get the low-down on what the best pizza cooking materials are at While this meal may take a little longer to prep for, making a pizza together can turn cooking into a family event!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This is by far the easiest, and most rewarding meal there is. There is nothing more satisfying than putting all the ingredients in a pot and going on about your day, knowing that the food will be ready when you get home! This meal takes minimal preparation (20 minutes or less), and can fead several people at once, depending on how big your roast is! Simply toss in some beef broth, carrots, potatoes, other veggies of your choosing, and of course, the roast, and your perfect meal will be ready in 6-8 hours.

This takes away all the guesswork of what to cook, as you can just prep it in the morning and be ready to eat that night!

Ground Beef or Turkey Tortilla

This is also a super quick and easy meal to prepare. Basically all you need is the meat and seasoning! This entire meal can be prepared in about 20 minutes. Simply cook the meat in a frying pan and add the seasoning, which should take about 5-10 minutes. After that, all you have to do is chop up your desired toppings, and wrap it all up in a soft or hard shell tortilla!

The hardest part about this meal is just making sure to have all the ingredients on hand before you start cooking. This meal is great for picky eaters, as they can pick what they want to go in their own taco!

Army Stew

If you're really in a pinch about what to cook for dinner one evening, sometimes it's best to just give it everything you've got. No, really! Army stew is basically taking most of what you have at your disposal and tossing it in with some broth. You can add chicken, rice, onions, carrots, etc. Simply cook them all together in a stew with some desired seasoning.

This is a hearty, comfort-food kind of meal, which is especially great for cold winter nights. Best of all, you can make it however you want it, with things you already have at home!

Bottom Line

Cooking can be a hassle, but coming up with ideas of what to make shouldn't have to be! As a busy caregiver, you have enough to worry about without having to come up with creative meal ideas. Take the guess-work out of the preparation, give yourself a break, and find some ideas online. Of course, you can always have some creative leeway and add your own brand of "spice" to any meal!

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Penniless Parenting

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