Family Friendly Meals to Keep on Hand


All of these meals below are easy ingredient meals that you can keep on-hand in case you just don’t have time to shop and prepare a more complicated meal. Also all of these items are found at Trader Joe’s because we love them. Most of these ingredients can be kept in the pantry or in the freezer.  

Easy Asian Dumpling Soup

Miso Ginger broth
frozen chicken cilantro wontons
Bag of spinach 
Chili Onion Crunch

Add the broth to a pot to simmer. Once simmering add the dumplings and spinach. Cook until dumplings are fully warm and the spinach is wilted. Top with chili onion mix, sliced green onions, soy sauce and/or siracha (or whatever combination you desire). The dumplings cook quickly in just a few minutes.  

We serve it with Asian inspired appetizers from the frozen section of TJ’s.

Pro-Tip: This Chili Onion Crunch is so good on anything Asian. It also adds texture and spice to roasted veggies, smeared right on bread, a dollop mixed in tuna salad, really the uses are endless.

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Cooked sliced chicken
Pizza dough
Pesto sauce
Mozzarella cheese

Roll out and par-bake the pizza dough as instructed. Then add pesto, chicken and mozzarella cheese. Finish baking in the oven until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly. By par-baking the pizza dough, the pizza will be fully cooked in the middle. Serve with a salad for an easy weeknight meal. 

Taco Cups

Ground beef or ground turkey cooked with Mexican spices
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Shredded lettuce
Any other topping you like on your tacos

Whenever I make taco meat for taco night, there is always extra meat that goes unused. My family is not great at using up leftovers. So I freeze the leftover taco meat and use them for taco cup night.

Put the tortillas in a muffin tin, bake them at 375 until they start to crisp up. Add the meat and cheese. Broil for a few minutes until the cheese is melty. Let each person dress their own taco cup as they desire. 

Pro-Tip: Trader Joe’s has these sweet and salty jalapenos. They are delicious on tacos because they are actually delicious on everything. Yum!

Do you have an easy weeknight meal that you keep on hand for the weeknight evenings that just don’t go as planned? 

Looking for more easy recipes — Here are easy crock pot recipes.


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