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I'm pretty good with dinner. I usually make it myself, the majority of people at the table eat it, and we mix it up. With the exception of Saturday pizza movie night on which the kids have what they call "plain" (homemade) pizza every week. And we have a grownup version. 

Sometimes though, I'm without a meal plan and I find myself staring forlornly at the fridge or pantry. 

It's always those days that I visit a friend and their amazing-smelling dinner is cooked at 2pm and cooling in the fridge. I've never been able to cook dinner at lunchtime. It used to be that I was working, and more recently I have no idea what I'm doing but it's not cooking dinner in the middle of the day. You? 

Last week I was walking with a friend at 5pm, she has four kids, and neither of us had made dinner. I asked her what they were having. Burritos. 

I never think to make burritos. 

I had mince in the freezer and flatbread in the bread box. The perfect quick and easy kid-friendly dinner.

 

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Avocado optional.

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What's your quick fallback family dinner ideas? I'm starting a list!

xxx

14 Comments on “for this good food

Cath
August 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm

On really low motivation days, I serve my family baked beans on toast with fried eggs on top. Never fails to elicit delight from my husband and kids.

Pasta, too, is so easy and you can serve it with anything that you have in the fridge or pantry.

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Tegan
August 27, 2011 at 12:09 am

My boy and I are broke vegans, yet we manage to live on pretty diverse meals like dhal, mexican, pasta, everything-in-the-crisper-stir-fry, and sometimes hodge-podge meals like baked potato, corn on the cob and a side of garlicky asparagus and mushroom. Yum!

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Charley @Secret_Water
August 27, 2011 at 12:31 am

I find it easier in winter to do last minute meals. JAcket potato with cheese and baked beans is a favourite or omelettes which my daughter likes to help make and is a good way to get us to the end of the day with tired small people who need some attention!

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Fran
August 27, 2011 at 4:05 am

This is quite a while ago now (the kids are probably your age!) but their favourite meal was pitta bread and sausages, plus ‘bits’. I would cook the sausages, warm the pitta breads and split them, and then put all kinds of ‘bits’ in bowls like grated cheese, chopped onion, tomato, shredded lettuce etc etc. Then they would stuff their pittas with any combination they liked. I guess it’s a poor man’s doner kebab really.

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Sash
August 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

Burritos are a fave for my boys too, we mix it up with mince or chicken. Meatballs are another, using Bill Granger’s method with Donna Hay’s recipe…

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innerpickle
August 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

Baked beans with fried eggs! I have never done that. Thanks for that idea! Good one.

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Estelle C
August 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

On a similar anglo-mexican note, we’re all over tacos in our house at the moment. If I have mince in the freezer I have a meal. x

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Estelle again
August 27, 2011 at 11:25 am

PS. Loving avocado Ivy.

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Sarah
August 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Eggs (and sometimes bacon) are our weeknight super-quick fallback dish. Never fails to please. Baked beans, tinned spaghetti and the trusty fish finger also make a appearance when time is short…

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Jennifer
August 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Interesting~ I live just a few miles north of the border with Mexico, in New Mexico. We eat burritos, enchiladas, tacos, beans, rice and salsa as our quick fixes. Love the square flat bread. We make tortillas every other day as our bread…thanks for sharing as the world and our uniqueness all comes together quite nicely!

Jennifer

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Julie
August 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

for mine it is a simle pasta meal…pasta, tuna, pesto & cheese (sometimes with Tomatoes on top)…it is the one meal i can be gauranteed my kids will eat & love no matter how tired & ratty!

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International Woman of Mystery
August 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

As you know we’re camping out at the moment with very little supplies/equipment. So my new favourite is rice (cooked in the supplied rice cooker – we are in Honkers after all) mixed with a tin of salmon, sweet corn (from a can), peas (from the freezer) and some cheese mixed it (cut into tiny chunks so it melts). Oh it is so DELICIOUS! And the kids love it.

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michelle
August 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

Curried snags are always good, and we usually have all the ingredients. Eggs with toast soldiers or french toast if its just the kidlings. Pea and bacon risotto is quick and easy, and again it has simple ingredients. Or a barbie with a caesar salad, we nearly always have the makings for that as well.

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Sue
August 30, 2011 at 12:51 am

We often have “plates of lunch” and sometimes for dinner. It’s just a bit of everything that needs used up, supplemented with whatever- boiled eggs, popcorn and raisins pretty much cover any missing food groups, right?

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