Fast and Easy dinner ideas for when there's just no time to cook

How are you doing with your resolution to meal plan this year? Hopefully it’s making the dinner time dance a little easier in your home. Sometimes your meal plan can get derailed when life changes course. Dinner invitations are accepted, kids get sick, grocery delivery gets delayed. Stuff happens and it’s helpful to have some favorites planned as a back up.

18 Dinner Ideas When you Don’t have Time to Cook:

  1. Omeletes
  2. Quiches (keep a crust in the freezer)
  3. Scrambled Eggs
  4. Oatmeal
  5. Super salad (hard boiled eggs, cheese, or bacon to make it a meal)
  6. Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
  7. BLT
  8. Buffalo Chicken Wraps
  9. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  10. Quesadillas with whatever is left in the fridge
  11. Stir fry veggies and chicken or flank steak. Keep them in freezer ready to go.
  12. Pasta with sauce and green olives (my personal favorite pre kids)
  13. Tacos. Super fast with black beans.
  14. Frozen pizza
  15. Tuna or chicken salad on greens
  16. Hot dogs or sausages
  17. Leftovers (also known as C.O.R.N.)
  18. When in doubt…cold cereal.

Fast and Easy dinner ideas for when there's just no time to cook

Pin this post so you have a quick cheat sheet for those soccer nights and times when meal planning goes awry. Another way to get ahead of the week of meals? Do some Power Cooking! Prep on Sunday or when you have a pocket of time. Stash some stuff in the freezer and you are good to go when the week gets a little bumpy.

On the menu this week…

Sunday- Soy Ginger Pot Roast was amazing!

Monday- Cheddar and Broccoli Quiche, stewed tomatoes and toast. {Meatless Monday}

Tuesday-Sloppy Joe’s , summer squash and salad

Wednesday- Orange Hoisin Chicken in slow cooker (from this cookbook) with steamed broccoli

Thursday- C.O.R.N.

Friday- To be determined…it’s my birthday. Should I cook or shouldn’t I cook?

Saturday- Date night!

Monday meal plan to help organize family dinner

For more recipes, see three years of past dinner menus here,

my Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.


5 replies
  1. Keri says:

    I love your quick dinner cheat sheet! I can pretty much always make most of those things, but my brain goes blank when everyone is hungry and I just need something quick. Pinning!

  2. Divina says:

    Emily I do not like to cook so half of this list is my go to meal plan. I have to add BLT and wraps into the family menu plans.

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