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12 Quick and Easy Meals for the On-the-Go Family

Posted on Jan 30, 2018 by Earl Raatz

12 Quick and Easy Meals for the On-the-Go Family Tacos Featured ImageYou want what's best for your family. You've chosen a community that focuses on families and the best floor plan for your family

But when you're short on time and everyone in your family is clamouring for food, it can be hard to resist ordering food or making a quick run to a local fast-food restaurant. However, with a little planning and preparation, it's really easy to make healthy, delicious meals in about the same amount of time at home.

To make cooking at home fast and easy, be sure to keep an organized kichen and stock up on staple ingredients. 

Now, try some (or all) of these fantastic meals that will be done quickly – and devoured even faster.

Chicken Tacos

Everyone loves tacos, and the good news is these chicken tacos are both delicious and easy to make. Including prep time, you'll be savouring these tasty treats in just 25 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Hot peppers
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro
  • Greek-style yogurt
  • Cumin
  • Corn tortillas
  • Almond milk
  • Adobo sauce
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder

Note: Some of the ingredients like the yogurt and adobo sauce are used to dress the tacos. If you prefer, experiment with other sauces to find your family's favourites!

 Quick and Easy Meals for the On-the-Go Family Salad ImageGingery Asian Noodle Salad

If you're looking for something new to try, why not make this innovative yet simple gingery Asian noodle salad? This recipe yields four servings and only takes 20 minutes to prep, cook, and serve.

Ingredients:

  • Vermicelli rice noodles
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Ginger (fresh)
  • Red pepper
  • Hot pepper
  • Snow peas
  • Cucumber

  • Oil
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Ground turkey
  • Scallions

Quinoa Pizza Bowls

Combining the superfood quinoa with a delicious pizza mix that everyone will love, quinoa pizza bowls are a healthy alternative to ordering some 'za – but they taste just as great and only take 35 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa (dry)
  • Chicken/vegetable stock
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Your favourite pizza toppings
  • Parmesan cheese

For the toppings, choose whatever you prefer on your pizza: sweet peppers, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and more!

Quick and Easy Meals for the On-the-Go Family Chicken Image

Dijon Chicken and Carrots

A great way to make sure your kids eat their vegetables, this savoury recipe only takes 35 minutes to prep, cook, and serve.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken thighs or breasts
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Thyme (dried)
  • Carrots
  • Olive oil

Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach Spaghetti

A healthier and heartier version of plain ol' spaghetti, this recipe only takes 20 minutes to prep, cook, and eat!

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti or angel hair pasta (dry)
  • Oil
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bacon
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Heavy cream
  • Parmesan cheese

Cheese Taco Lasagna

Delicious and oh-so-satisfying, you can prep your cheese taco lasagna in a mere 25 minutes. Making eight servings, you might even have some leftovers...but we doubt it!

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Taco seasoning
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Salsa
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Mexican cheese
  • Green onions
  • Hot peppers

Hamburger Casserole

It may not be the most sophisticated recipe, but nothing satisfies a hungry family better than this classic hamburger casserole you can easily make at home.

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Tomato soup
  • Macaroni noodles
  • Chili powder
  • Whole kernels of corn
  • Onion
  • Cheddar cheese

Simply pop into the oven and let cook for 40 minutes. 

Baked Sea Bass and Zucchini

With a fresh, delicious taste, this meal lets your oven do all the hard work. Including prep time, this feast will be ready for your family in only 25 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Sea bass fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shallots
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini (courgettes)

Orange Chicken

Who needs Chinese takeout when you can easily whip up this recipe in 30 minutes or less?

Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions
  • Soy sauce
  • Cornstarch
  • Orange juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Orange sauce

Note: If your family likes spicy food, you can also add your favourite hot sauce to give this recipe an extra kick.

Chicken and Hummus Greek Wrap

What's better than a soggy, cold gyro from your local Greek fast food shop? A delicious chicken and hummus greek wrap, homemade in just 25 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Wraps
  • Hummus
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Feta cheese

Spinach Pesto Pasta

Simple and satisfying, spinach pesto pasta features a pesto sauce you can make on your own at home. Yes, you read that right! Not only is this recipe tasty, but it's far more affordable to make than you might think.

Ingredients:

  • Pasta (of your choice)
  • Almonds
  • Garlic
  • Lemon zest
  • Spinach
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Flank Steak with Rice Pilaf

Most cuts of steak require a long time to cook, but you can still get all the flavour in half the time by using flank steak. Simply follow this easy recipe and you'll be sitting down to a hot meal in just 35 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Brown rice (uncooked)
  • Chicken broth 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flank steak
  • Mushrooms
  • Green onions
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Olives (pitted)

Truly, there's no reason for even the busiest families to be stuck on the restaurant and fast food treadmill. Simply keep a few basic ingredients on hand and you'll be tossing together delicious, hearty meals for the entire family in less than an hour.

Oh, and one final ingredient needed to ease your cooking routines is a proper prep area! See how your kitchen can be built to suit your lifestyle, with kitchen design ideas for your active family.

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