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25 "Mom and Dad are Away What Can I Fix for Dinner?" List
You need some easy dinner ideas for your kids. Maybe you're going to
go shopping, or you're going to be getting home late from work, or
your having a date night. Whatever the case your kids still have to
Well, let your worries subside, because here are 25 easy dinner
ideas that your kids can make all by themselves! A few of
these ideas are crockpot meals for when you are planning ahead.
And, if they have a sitter, it will make the sitter's life so much
easier to already have a simple and easy dinner picked out and have
the kids able to put it together.
Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in one easy to read format.
What Makes These Easy Dinner Ideas "Easy"?
What makes these easy dinner ideas easy?!
1. Fast - these dinners are quick to put together, most of
them can be ready in about 10 minutes!
2. Simple - the dinners I've created are incredibly simple
being that they have few ingredients (usually just one) and the
majority of them don't require following a detailed recipe. Some do
have you follow the directions on a package but any reader should be
up to the task. And if your kids are younger, then have the
babysitter tell the kids what to do- i.e. "get out the pan for the
3. Fun - the easy dinner ideas on this list are fun for kids
to make because they are really comfort foods! Every child loves it
when their favorite meal is up for dinner. This helps get them
excited about actually making the meal and in turn this makes the
4. Minimal Cleanup - making sure that there are few dishes
that have to be washed is a MUST when kids are in charge of making
the meal! My 25 dinner ideas require very few dishes, at most about
Every dinner on my list of 25 dinners has the above characteristics.
They are all fast, simple, fun and have minimal cleanup. These
characteristics are definitely what defines them to be easy dinner
25 Easy Dinner Ideas
1. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup - Preheat a pan on the
stove or a griddle. Butter 2 slices of bread, get out 1 slice of
cheese. Put 1st piece of bread (butter side down) in pan, then a
piece of cheese, then 2nd slice of bread, butter side up. Heat up 1
can tomato soup according to directions on the can.
2. Bean Burritos - heat up 1 can of refried beans according
to the directions on the can. Spread on a tortilla. Top with Cheese.
Roll Burrito up. Serve with a Yogurt Salad - pour 1
container of yogurt into a mixing bowl. Drain 1 can of fruit
cocktail. Add the fruit cocktail to the yogurt and mix.
3.Cheese Crisp - Preheat oven to 400. Lay 1 flour tortilla
out on a cookie sheet. Spread shredded cheese over it. Bake for 10
4. Hot Dogs - heat according to package directions. Put
in Hot Dog Bun. Serve with Chips and baked beans.
5. Ham and Cheese Sandwich + Carrot Sticks
6. Macaroni and Cheese + Lemon Poppy seed Muffins - Macaroni
and Cheese - follow directions according to the box. Lemon Poppy
seed Muffins - get the box mix that just calls for milk. Very easy
to just follow directions then.
7. Tuna Sandwich + Cottage Cheese + Cucumber Slices- Tuna
Sandwich - open 1 can of tuna and drain well. Add about 1 Tablespoon
of Mayonnaise and a small amount of pickle relish. Mix together.
Spoon onto sandwich bread. Serve with a scoop of cottage cheese on
the side and cucumber slices.
8. Pizza Toast- Add a slice of bread, half a bagel or English
muffin halves onto a cookie sheet. Spread tomato sauce on a slice of
bread. Add a dash of oregano. Sprinkle top with cheese. Bake in a
400 degree oven for 3-5 minutes until browned as you like.
9. Ragu + French Bread with Butter - Fill a pot with water
about 3/4 to the top. Turn stove burner on high. Bring water to a
boil. Add spaghetti noodles. Cook noodles according to package
directions. In a second saucepan, heat up 1 jar of spaghetti sauce.
After the noodles are cooked, top them with the heated spaghetti
sauce and some Parmesan cheese. Serve with bread and butter.
10. Egg Salad Sandwich and an apple-Egg Salad - peel 6
hardboiled eggs. Mash with a fork. Add 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and 1
Tablespoon of Mustard. Mix everything together. Spread on sandwich
11. BBQ Chicken and rolls- Spray a crockpot. Put 6
chicken breasts in the crockpot and cook for about 6 hours on high.
Remove chicken from crockpot and drain out any water. Put
chicken back in crockpot and pour BBQ sauce over the chicken. Heat
chicken with BBQ sauce about 30 minutes in crockpot. Serve with
12. Chicken Noodle Soup + Rolls- Chicken Noodle Soup -
follow directions on the can. Serve with rolls or bread slice.
13. English Muffin Pizzas - cut 1 English Muffin in
half. Toast in the toaster. Put on a plate and top with spaghetti
sauce and cheese. Then heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds or
until cheese melts.
14. Nachos + Beans + Salsa- For nachos spread tortilla
chips on a plate. Top with shredded cheese and black beans and a
little bit of salsa. Heat in microwave until cheese melts.
15. Spaghetti and Meatballs - pour frozen meatballs into a
crockpot. Top with 2-3 jars of spaghetti sauce. When ready to serve,
make some spaghetti noodles according to the package.
16. Pork Chops in Crockpot- Spray your crockpot. Place
pork chops in crockpot. Top with 1 can of cream of mushroom soup.
Cook about 6-8 hours on high.
17. Ravioli with Yogurt Sauce- Cook package of frozen
ravioli according to package directions. Top with Greek or plain
18. Fish Sticks + Applesauce - follow the fish stick
directions on the package. Serve with a side of ketchup. Add peas
and applesauce for sides.
19. Corn Dogs + Potato Chips + Baked Beans - Cook Corn
Dogs by following the directions on the package. Serve with a side
of ketchup and mustard. For Baked Beans, heat on the stovetop or in
the microwave according to the directions on the can.
20. Baked Potato + Chili Beans - Wash and scrub outside of
potato. Poke with a fork several times on all sides of the potato.
Cook potatoes in the microwave, using your potato button on the
Otherwise, cook the potato for 4-5 minutes. Heat some chili beans on
the stovetop and spoon these over your cooked potato. Serve with a
vegetable, such as carrot sticks or broccoli spears.
21. Crockpot Chicken Tacos-Put 4 chicken breasts in the
crockpot, pour 1 package of taco seasoning over the chicken. Put 2
cups of salsa over the chicken. Cook for about 6-8 hours. When it is
cooked, shred it with a fork and a knife. Then put the chicken in a
22. Fish Sandwich - bake the fish fillets according to the
package directions. Spread Mayonnaise on both sides of a hamburger
bun. Then, put the fish patties on a hamburger bun. Top with a slice
23. Tacos and Refried Beans - Tacos - brown 1 lb. of
ground meat in a saucepan. Drain any fat that may be in the pan. Add
1 package of taco seasoning to the meat. Follow the directions on
the taco seasoning package to add any other ingredients. Heat
through. Serve meat in taco shells with cheese sprinkled on top.
24. Sloppy Joes and Chips- Sloppy Joes - brown 1 lb. of
ground meat in a saucepan. Drain any fat that may be in the pan. Add
1 can of sloppy joe sauce to the meat. Follow the directions on the
25. Scrambled Eggs with Ham- Scrambled Eggs with Ham -
crack 4 eggs into a bowl. Stir the eggs with a fork. Get out a
frying pan, spray the pan, then add the eggs the pan. Next tear some
slices of deli ham into the eggs. Sprinkle some cheese over the
eggs. Cook the eggs over a medium-low heat.
2 Flour Tortillas
1 can Tomato Soup
1 cream mushroom Soup
2 Chicken Noodle Soup
2 Refried Beans
2 Baked Beans
1 Chili Beans
1 Black Beans
1 Taco Shells
2 Taco Seasoning Mix
2 Sloppy Joe Mixes (in can)
2 Dozen Eggs
2 Cheese Slices
2 Cottage Cheese
plain or Greek yogurt
2 Deli Ham
1 pkg Hot Dogs
2 pkg Chicken Breasts
1 pkg Meatballs
1 Pork Chops
1 pkg frozen Ravioli
1 box Fish Sticks
1 box Fish Patties
1 box Corn dogs
1 can tomato sauce
2 cans Tuna
2 Boxes Mac & Cheese
1 box Spaghetti Noodles
1 pkg Quick Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mix
3 cans Fruit Cocktail
2 Apple Sauce
1 Tortilla Chips
8 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
1 Parmesan Cheese
Ketchup + Mustard
2 Dinner Rolls
1 English Muffins
2 Loaves French Bread
2 pkg Hamburger Buns
1 pkg Hot Dog Buns
1 pkg Potatoes
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