I used to be really creative about making dinner. That was before The Great Birthing of Baby #4 and The Time of Two Boys Taking (Separate) Martial Arts Classes and That Decade I Was (Am) Depressed.
Even still, I have yet to resort to cold cereal for dinner. Why?
- Cold cereal is not very filling.
- It’s, like, 80% sugar.
- The kids are probably getting hyped up on MSG and preservatives alongside the sugar.
- We’re often out of milk, too.
And so, this Super Mom has adopted a time-saving and money-saving and stress-saving technique: buying ahead.
In short, I keep a lot of ingredients handy that can be used to make my simple meals. A few of the items I keep on hand are: shredded cheese (extras in freezer), frozen chopped onion, frozen sliced bell pepper, flour tortillas (extras in freezer), refried beans, minced garlic, spices, tortilla chips, olives, lettuce, various meats (freezer), sandwich bread, chili, canned tuna, potatoes, rice, milk, butter, salsa, ham slices, frozen vegetables, and most dry ingredients.
So; after you list the cheap and easy dinners you can make, make a habit of keeping what you need for them around. You and your grumbling tummies will be happy you did.