Simple Meal Ideas for the Simple Solo Mama

Updated: Sep 20, 2021




I dread meal prep days. The planning of what to get from the store then the cooking of all the groceries you get from the store.


Some weeks, I hit brick walls in my memory. What did we eat last week? When was the last time we had ...? What did she eat with her dad? So much goes into my thought process that sometimes I stress myself out each and every week planning.


There are so many guides to meal prepping and budgeting out there, but I believe everyone knows what works in their family. The "go to" meals. The "classics". The "forgotten" dishes. As for me, I would like a reminder several dishes I make from time to time so they are in the forefront of my memory.


So I am providing my list to you. Of the simple, healthy and not healthy, options that puts food in our bellies and a smile on our faces.


I know for me, anything that can help me think of new easy meals I can prep, I am excited to learn about. I like meals with little effort, simple ingredients and of course things I know my daughter would like.


So I cook for my daughter and I easy peasy, but tasty meals for our Monday through Friday. My scenario: I am a family of only my daughter and I. I work from home, my daughter goes to school and takes her lunch and snacks. We eat out Friday nights. So our Sunday - Thursday are meals I prepped and cooked the Sunday of the week.


So here is my go to list, which will get longer and longer the more I find out what works and what doesn't work. I've also included some recipe's as well!



Breakfast Ideas for mama:

Biscuits & Country Sausage Gravy here

Quiche (Spinach, Carmelized Onion) a great recipe here

Apple Pies here

Hommade Biscuits w/ Honey here

Sausage & Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Sausage Dog

Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Link Sausage and English Muffins


Breakfast Ideas for Kid:

Waffles

French Toast Sticks

Fresh Fruit

Pepperoni

Cheese

Cereal


Lunch Ideas for mama:

Tuna Salad or Chicken Salad w/ Crackers

Lentil Soup here

Ham & Pea Soup

BLT Sandwich w/ Chips

Curry Chicken Thighs or Legs w/ Rice

Pan Sausage and Veggies

Sausage Dog

Turkey Burgers and chips

Pho Ramen

Lemon Butter Parmesean Pasta (with Chicken)

Baked Potatoes



Lunch Ideas for School:

Lunchables or hommade lunchables

Sandwiches

Fruit (Grapes & Strawberries)

Chips

Veggie Straws

Apple Juice Boxes or Capri Suns


Dinner Ideas:

Salmon Patty w/ Grits

Breakfast for Dinner

Quesadilla

Turkey Necks

Crockpot Turkey Wings

Hamburger Patties w/ Skillet Gravy

Meatballs

Cheeseburgers or sliders

Garlic Toast Pizzas here

Classic Spaghetti

Chicken Parmesean

Baked chicken wings and Fries

Pizza Rolls here

Pigs N Blanket

Chicken Alfredo Bowtie Pasta

Burbon Chicken here

Rotisserie Chicken & Salad

Philly Cheesesteaks and Onion Rings

Fried Catfish Nuggets

Tacos (soft or crunch shell) w/ Mexican Rice

Lemon Butter Parmesean Pasta (with Chicken)

The Best Chicken Leg Quarters here




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