Quick & Easy (Mostly) Menu Plan

We’re ramping up for the start of baseball season. This is the first time, ever, that I’ve had a child participating in team sports. Our weekday evenings will be busy with practices and games, but I want to preserve the family dinner hour as many nights a week as possible. To make that happen, it’s time to start thinking about make ahead meals, crockpot dinners and quick-to-fix family favorites.


In the coming weeks, I’ll be pulling out some of my favorite sources for dinners that can either be prepped and made ahead or put together quickly just before meal time. The first such favorite is Aviva Goldfarb’s SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families. Over the last year or so, I’ve tried a dozen or more recipes from this cookbook, and they’ve all been hits. Every recipe includes the prep and cooking times, as well as suggested quick-to-fix side dishes to complement the main dish. Most recipes are ready in about thirty – forty-five minutes, start to finish, making them perfect for hectic evenings.

You can read even more about this fantastic cookbook in my review. 

Here’s our menu for the coming week, including three recipes from SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble.  For even more menus, be sure and visit this week’s Menu Plan Monday at I’m An Organizing Junkie.

Breakfast – Waffles
Lunch – Turkey Sandwiches, Chips
Dinner – Bourbon Street Chicken, Rice, Veggies Normandy

Breakfast – Cold Cereal
Lunch – Black Bean, Corn, Tomato & Cheese Tostadas
Dinner – Tortellini Soup (from SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue), Garlic Bread

Breakfast – Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Burritos
Lunch – Left over Tortellini Soup, Bread
Dinner – Panko Peanut Crusted Pork Chops (from SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue), Green Salad with Cranberries & Parmesan Cheese, Whole Wheat Bread & Butter

Breakfast – Baked Oatmeal
Lunch – Grilled Cheese on Rosemary Sourdough, Fruit
Treat – Valentine Cupcakes
Dinner – French Cassoulet (from SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue), French Bread

Breakfast – Pancakes
Lunch – Boys on their own, Dani & I in town
Dinner – Sub-sandwich from the grocery store deli

Breakfast – Cereal
Lunch – Dani’s Choice
Dinner – Nachos & Lost

Breakfast – Yogurt Cranberry Coffeecake
Lunch – Out After Church
Dinner – Wild Dinner

What resources do you find helpful for making dinner on busy nights?

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4 comments to Quick & Easy (Mostly) Menu Plan

  • Hi Cheryl,
    My menu plan this week is some of Dave’s old favorites too. I have a couple sources I pull from when I want to make a quick meal. Fine Cooking and Cookiing Light along with Clean Eating.
    Have a wonderful week.

  • Dana

    Go Will! So excited for him!
    Practices start this week and we have 3 different teams, 4 kids playing. Two are still in basketball which has 3 more games to go.
    And the crazy begins….but I wouldn’t have any other way.
    Game on!