As a busy wife and mother, you don’t mind spending time in the kitchen to give your family the type of meals they enjoy, but there are times when cooking a big meal is just not possible. Following are five easy family meals for you to present to your family that will take you only minutes to prepare, and no, it’s not take out at all!
1. Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
Crunchy bits of bacon add a delicious tang to this herby potato salad and you can whip it up in just 30 minutes! Boiled new red potatoes, bits of crunchy fried bacon, slathered with a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, white wine vinegar, with herbs like parsley and tarragon to add to the flavor. Add some salt and pepper to taste and there you have it, an incredibly tasty meal that will have your family coming back for seconds! They will polish off this potato salad in less time than it took you to prepare!
2. Parsleyed Corn on the Cob
How could anyone in your family resist this scrumptious, traditional dish? This is the perfect meal to make when you’re pressed for time, since it takes just 15 minutes to prepare, from pot to table! Boil enough ears of corn until just tender, drain and place in a serving dish. Pour melted butter over the corn, sprinkle with chopped parsley, add some salt and pepper, call your family to the dinner table and watch this quick and easy meal disappear in no time!
3. Not-so-Sloppy Joes
Kids always approve of this awesome meal, but with the added mixture of fresh vegetables and earthy spices, it’s ideal for the grown-ups in the family too. Taking just 20 minutes to make, it’s a meal that is perfect when you have to go out in a hurry. Tasty, cooked ground beef with tangy ingredients, spooned onto toasted hamburger buns, then sprinkled with grated cheese and topped with a dollop of sour cream, is sure make this easy, yet lip-smacking meal a family favorite!
4. Salty Dogs
Can you imagine anyone in your family saying no to a hot dog topped with mustard, loads of crisp and crunchy bacon, then smothered in sweet and salty bread and butter pickles? This is the perfect meal to slap together on those days where you have too much to do, and not enough time. Surely you, as one of the busiest moms in your neighborhood, can spare the ten minutes it will take to knock up this easy meal for your tribe of hungry family members?
5. Hamburgers with Oven Chips
In just 40 minutes, you can provide your family with a meal fit for a king during the hot summer months; a simple yet well-seasoned burger, served with plenty of hot, freshly baked potato chips. Toss some sliced potatoes in oil, spread on a baking sheet and bake in an oven at 400-degrees F. While they’re roasting away, fry some seasoned burger patties in a pan until done, place onto buns and top with mayonnaise, pickles, tomato and lettuce. Serve with hot chips and then sit back and watch everyone in the family finish them off in minutes flat!
Even if you are working to the tightest schedule ever, serve up any of the above easy family meals and you, as well as the food you provide, will be a huge hit with your whole family!