7 Simple Meals Any Parent can Make Fast

If you’re running out of dinner ideas or tired of trying to cater to everyone’s tastes, try these ideas

Wendy Miller
7 min readJun 19, 2020


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Whether it’s the exhaustion of trying to use what you have on hand to avoid a trip to the store, or listening to all the demands for what dinner should or should not have to make little mouths happy, there comes a point where making dinner starts to feel like an exercise in futility.

You can’t make everyone happy with just one meal… or can you?

As a single mom, I learned quickly that if I didn’t want to spend all night in the kitchen, I needed to make sure two out of every three things for dinner were things my kids would eat without complaint. But after you’ve had French fries and chicken nuggets for the fourth night in a row, you’d kill your own mother for a salad or at least a baked potato, right?

I’ve got seven simple dinner ideas that will allow you to cook just one meal and still make the home crowd happy. They’re all “bar” meals so everyone gets to have exactly what they want. Give these meals a shot!

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Baked potato bar

A baked potato bar allows you to create a simple yet hearty meal fast. Bake up one (or two, depending on size) potato per person. Then while the potatoes are baking, prep your bar ingredients.

Baked potato bar staples include:

· Butter

· Sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)

· Shredded cheddar cheese

· Bacon bits

· Diced ham

· Diced onion (regular or green)

· Salsa

· Chili

The great thing about a baked potato bar is that you can use up leftovers too! Leftover chili or spaghetti sauce both make great potato toppings, as does leftover steak, chicken, or bbq pork. You can put almost anything on a baked potato, so go crazy!



Wendy Miller