30 Meal Ideas in a Pinch {Motherhood}

by Mrs. BWF on January 3, 2013

What does this have to do with pregnancy and birth? Well it doesn’t. At least not directly. Adding in the focus of Motherhood into BWF, why not have a blog post to help a tired pregnant mama or a mother with a needy newborn and toddler?

You know those days…the ones that just won’t end! Then you realize it is 6 pm and you have made nothing for dinner. You don’t want to spend money on take out and you are too exhausted to prep and cook. Not to mention the toddler has spilled a whole box of cereal on the floor and your baby needs to be nursed. What do you do?

Instead of screaming or crying and instead of having to look up a last minute receipe, here are some great ideas from your fellow BWF mothers. Hope this helps on a long, tiring day or even inspires you to try new things on a great day!

  1. Breakfast for dinner {Brinner}!
  2. Any kind of leftovers. Mix and match.
  3. Pasta with sauce or butter and cheese or any other combo.
  4. Something on a bun with a salad on the side. Bread fixes everything.
  5. Tator tot casserole is quick easy and delicious! Recipes here and here.
  6. Cheese pancakes: cottage cheese, eggs, bit of flour, bit of oil, dash of milk and cinnamon.
  7. Fondue!
  8. Fajitas. Tortillas, any meat and veggies you have. Roll em up with condiments you have.
  9. Make mini pizzas on buns or french rolls.
  10. Do you have any fish in the freezer? Salmon with a tomato salsa: blend tomato, onion and capers together and put on top of steamed salmon!
  11. Hummus on a baked jacket sweet potato. Cook potato in oven, pull out, put on hummus (or some brown sugar and cinimon). Done!
  12. Chili corn bread casserole: pour the chili and cheese in a casserole dish and cornbread on top and stick it in the oven!
  13. Veggie chili. Throw in some tomatoes, tomato sauce, a bunch of different kinds of beans, hominy, corn, and season to taste. Cook, then top with cheese and sour cream, serve with cornbread.
  14. Sandiwiches and chips! Think simple.
  15. Soup with garlic bread or grilled cheese.
  16. Quesadillas
  17. Have tortilla chips and cheese? Make nachos!
  18. Kielbasa and saurkraut with a dark bread. Easy and almost no clean up.
  19. Noodles and Butter with carrots, peas and tuna.
  20. Cheeseburger soup with hidden veggies.
  21. Sausage, potatoes and peppers (add in garlic, salt and pepper).
  22. Smoked sausage skillet! Slice up polish/smoked sausage, cook in dutch oven. Cut up a head of cabbage, throw in with sausage, with a 1/4c water, put lid on and low heat. Boil some noodles, and when done, throw in with cabbage and sausage. Two pinches of sage and two tbls of dijon mustard. Stir and nom!
  23. Spicy Thai beef curry with couscous.
  24. Crumbed fish & salad wraps.
  25. Mexican hotdogs: cut slice in a hotdog, stuff with a peice of cheese, roll up in a tortilla and fry. Its done when its golden brown and the cheese is melted. Eat those with sour cream, mustard, quacamole, and salsa. Slirp!
  26. Chicken in the oven with something on it like Italian dressing and seasoning. Gives you time to make some side dishes like flavored rice and a veggie.
  27. Pigs in a blanket.
  28. Chicken-noodle salad – shreded roast chicken, two minute noodles, carrot, cucumber, corn, spring onion, soy sauce. Yum!
  29. Chili Mac & Cheese. Recipe here.
  30. When cooking pasta sauces, casseroles, soups, stews ALWAYS cook a double batch and freeze some for the following week. A great time saver.

Hope you have enough things in the house to throw one of these together. Modifying any of them is OK. Get creative, put the baby in the sling/wrap and let the older kids help!

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