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31 Meal Solutions for Overwhelmed Moms

31 Back to Basics Meal Solutions




When life gets messy, complicated, broken, or crazy busy, sometimes it’s time to just take a step back and go back to the basics.  I picture Will Smith teaching Kevin James the basic step clap dance move. Less cue tip and making the pizza, and back to home.

We had been graciously loved on with meals and even some restaurant gift cards over the past few weeks, even though I was reluctant to ask for help. Even when I resisted, good friends persisted, and we are so grateful, because I really couldn’t do it on my own.

I hadn’t made it to the grocery store in over a month, and the task of meal planning, making a grocery list, putting away all the food, and then feeding us all was overwhelming enough to make me curl up in the corner. Instead giving up for the year, I decided to make a list of BASIC, EASY, BRAINLESS, FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEALS that wouldn’t require a lot of energy or ingredients.

I came up with 31 of our favorite Back-to-Basics Meal Solutions to get us back on track, and I’m sharing those with links to most of the recipes at Land O’Moms. I’d love to add to my list of go-to meals, so be sure to share your favorites!

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45 Alternatives to PBJ for Lunches

45 Lunchbox Alternatives to PBJ

It seems like this time of year, we all start to fall into a lunch rut (and I only have to pack 4 lunches once a week!). Same ole. Same ole.  Perhaps it’s the standby of PBJ, or maybe it’s a classic turkey sandwich that gets the most love in your lunchboxes.

In case you’re short on lunch ideas now that we’re well into the school year, I’ve brainstormed 45 Alternatives to PBJ to keep things fresh in your kid’s lunchboxes, over at Land O’Moms today.  I’m going to use it as a Cheat Sheet for lunchbox packing days! I’d love to hear your own ideas also, so hop on over and enjoy! 

 

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How to Turn Spaghetti Leftovers into Spaghetti Pie

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There’s not very many comfort foods I love more than a warm plate of spaghetti.  My mom’s spaghetti sauce can take your mom’s any day of the week. It’s one of my favorite dishes on earth. And it’s one of those recipes she’s never written down, but made for decades. We ate spaghetti almost every week growing up, and now it’s one of my kids’ favorites too!

But sometimes the leftovers just don’t do it justice. I’m ready for a new twist – something that keeps the flavor, but makes it feel like a new meal. That’s why I love taking the leftovers and making it into Spaghetti Pie the next day with easy ingredients that I already have on hand. (You can also make this from the beginning by making spaghetti according to your regular recipe, and then following the following instructions.)

 

What’s YOUR favorite way to re-serve leftovers?

 

 

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