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I look up at the clock.   5:00 already.  I peek in the refrigerator… nothing thawed and ready for dinner.  I check the pantry… a few things, but nothing that looks good tonight.    So what do you do?   Today I partnered with Stouffer’s to give you a few ideas.

A plate of Lasagna with text below it.

1). Have a few Stouffers frozen dinners ready to go.  Last week, I went to Ohio to Stouffer’s headquarters to see how everything is made (yes, really!).


I even made lasagna in their test kitchen.


Did you know that they make their noodles from just two ingredients – flour & water?

They sauce is made fresh from tomatoes and spices… I made it!

There are NO preservatives.  They just make it and freeze it.   That’s literally all that they do.  I was very impressed.   I guess that I assumed this can’t really be done for big companies with frozen food products.   I came home & told Mickey that from now on, we would keep a Stouffer’s lasagna in our freezer for at least one night a week.  It tastes better than mine, it’s easier … and turns out- it’s just as fresh!

Ps- here is a sneak peek at their Test Kitchen (where they test all of the new recipes!)


2). Sandwiches- I don’t know why Sandwiches are considered a lunch food. They are healthy and filling. (Meat, spinach leaves, tomato or any other veggie for a topping and carbohydrates…) I make sandwiches every once in a while for a quick dinner on the go (our kids love these nights!).

3). Salad- just throw together a salad and add a can of rinsed/drained black beans for some added protein.

4)- Take out. This is the quickest option (but probably not the healthiest, unless you can find a great place to eat.)

5-  Have a smoothie- You can have a healthy smoothie like this Peanut Butter Smoothie – it is quick, healthy & filling (PB, Oatmeal, Almonds, Milk…. get the recipe here)

7– Fruit Salad & yogurt – this is quick and easy. Cut up some fruit or use already cut-up fruit and pair it with some yogurt & granola. It’s quick, easy & filling.



Ps…. You can download this planning chart here (for free). 

An image of a six meals a weekly day diet tracking and planning chart.
An image of a six meals a weekly day diet tracking and planning chart.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Thank you for the brilliant ideas. I rarely “Feel” like cooking. This is one of my favorites.

  2. Great ideas. We are big fans of scrambled eggs around here. Or cereal, that happens sometimes, and not just for breakfast! Thanks for the list.

  3. Great ideas for those days when I just don’t feel like cooking. I like to keep it simple in those situations. Make breakfast or have a sandwich are a couple of my favorites. Another one to add to your list……..I like to bat my eyelashes at my husband and ask him to cook. It usually works! Shhh…..don’t tell him I said that.