However, occasionally I need to "cheat". Whether I've run out of time, forgotten to defrost something or my arthritis is out of control......I need to come up with a "Plan B"!
To avoid the guilt involved with serving these quickie throw together less then nutritional dinners I've come up with my own "fix". Are you ready?
Rita's Fix = Less Guilt:
I serve one non-nutritional item then pile on the fruit and salad. In other words if I do end up throwing in a Frozen pizza then we'll each have 2 slices max and a huge pile of salad and cut-up fresh fruit. This way not only are we eating less of the non-nutritional item but we're each getting servings of our daily veggies and fruit.
This does take some planning ahead:
- Have salad making items and fresh fruit on hand always!
- Cut-Up melon, strawberries, pineapples etc... when you get home from shopping....this makes for quicker meal prep.
- Consider making a salad earlier in the week and keeping it in the fridge for fast lunches and sides to quickie cheats!
- Frozen Pizza (it don't get quicker then this!)
- Homemade Pizza - I keep dough or already prepared crusts on hand for quick dinners
- Frozen Chicken Nuggets or Breaded Chicken Breasts
- Canned Tomato Soup w/Noodles ( I use Cambells and Creamettes)
- Wrap ham and cheese into Crescent Rolls and throw in oven...hhhhmmmm!
- Roll out Pillsbury Grands and make "mini" pizzas!
- 2 Cans Campbell's Cream of Celery Soup/ 2 cans canned potatoes, sauteed onions = quickie Potato Soup!
- Bottled Spaghetti sauce poured over noodles.....hint...you can grate veggies and throw it in with the sauce - it will add nutrition but will cook down to nothing and your family will never know!
- Frozen Fish Sticks or Frozen Fish anything
- Chili-Dogs.....just use canned Hormel Chili!
- Pigs in a Blanket - Wrap Crescent rolls around Hot Dogs then bake - a kid favorite....ohhh...who am I kidding it's an adult favorite around here as well!
- Use plain or flavored Bagels as the base for Pizza or Pita Bread for individual pizzas! Get the kids involved .... let them make there own!