It’s sports night again, time for a quick dinner recipe before heading out to the field. For many of us we’ve come to rely on fast food and an equally fast drive thru to get to the 6 p.m. pre-game practice on time.
But there’s an alternative to expensive fast food and having to eat in the van on the way. With a little planning and some quick dinner recipe to go ideas you can nourish yourself, your budding soccer or baseball star and the rest of the family while saving both time and money.
Quick dinner recipe ideas to go are ideal for those nights when turn around time is tight. For instance on Tuesday nights when you only have 20 minutes between arriving home from work and heading out.
Eating at a frenzied pace and indulging on frequent drive thru meals has become the norm for many families. Some parents buck the trend by delaying dinner until after the game only to encounter meal times that compete with bed times. Juggling kids, extra curricular activities and weekday meals are the common for parents of young children.
With the warmer weather upon us what better time than now to re-evaluate weekday dinner recipe ideas and the rush created when activities invade the family dinner hour.
In a perfect world all family members would sit down for dinner at the same time, but today’s reality tells a different tale. So lets work with what we have. The kids play soccer and pre-game practices start at 6 p.m.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression stop and smell the roses’. Well how about stopping and enjoying your dinner? Make it and take it with you. Turn your early evening spectator sport into a family picnic. Grab your dinner recipe, your lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing meal while your child does her warm-up drills.
Of course, you’ll need to feed your little athlete first. Prepare her dinner recipe beforehand and she can eat while you’re packing the cooler bag. Look upon it as a little one-on-one time. Use the time to catch up on the day’s activities.
And this idea isn’t limited to soccer and baseball games, consider dinner recipe ideas to go for any extra curricular activity that closes in on the dinner hour and allows you can eat and watch. Or, eat in your car (and read a book) if need be. The point is we already have enough stress in our lives why create more meal time panic and potential digestive problems by wolfing down another weekday meal just because our kids have an activity to get to.
Arm yourself with some basic essentials like a set of durable picnic plates and utensils along with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, sealed containers, napkins, hand wipes etc. and you’ll be set for some great sideline suppers. Turn also to ice packs and heated rice’ bags for keeping your dinner recipe at the right temperature. Plan ahead in the morning by throwing some extra beverages in the fridge or partially filled drink boxes in the freezer for cool drinks come dinner time. (Fill the remainder of the drink box with liquid just before packing.)
Following are some of my favorite dinner recipe to go ideas.
Grilled Sandwiches. For a different spin on grilled cheese sandwiches add roast beef and saut onion, green peppers, mushrooms and garlic. Leftover roast beef is my favorite but slices from the deli also work well. Use processed cheddar, Swiss cheese, Colby or Monterey Jack. Also be creative with breads try sourdough, rye, multigrain etc.
For a kid-friendly grilled cheese variation combine raspberry or strawberry jam with Muenster or Swiss cheese.
Pita Pockets. For a twist on traditional chicken salad add halved seedless grapes, cucumber, mozzarella cheese, sliced almonds and poppy seed salad dressing instead of mayonnaise.
Subs. Homemade submarine sandwiches are ideal for a quick and filling dinner recipe idea. Go the traditional assorted’ route or try you hand at broiling a quick pizza or meatball sub.
Kabobs. Just like subs you can make cold and hot kabobs rather quickly. Cold kabobs are easily made with chunks of ham, pineapple and cheese. Make grilled kabobs with chicken, pineapple and red and green peppers alternately placed on a skewer and basted with honey garlic or honey mustard barbecue sauce.
Salads To Go. Who needs a plastic bowl when you can make an edible one. Line a microwave-safe bowl with paper towel. Place a soft tortilla in a bowl. Prick with a fork. Mold the tortilla into a fluted shape. Microwave for approx. 1 to 2 minutes until crisp but not browned. Toss in your favorite salad (or stir-fry) and head for the great outdoors.
Quick Wraps. A wrap n go dinner recipe idea can be as basic as chicken Caesar salad tossed and wrapped or you can add cream cheese, red peppers, black olives and a little minced garlic to the mix. Vary the flavor of wrap and change the overall taste.
Go Mexican by wrapping up some grilled chicken with black beans and spiced rice, topped with grated cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream. If your kids like tacos, make them transportable by opting for soft tortillas over hard shells.
Wrap a hot dog in Pillsbury crescent roll dough. My favorite crescent’ dog dinner recipe idea includes cutting the wiener lengthwise and filling with a strip of cheddar cheese and about teaspoon of crumbled bacon. Bake according to the directions on the package.
Fajitas are another quick dinner recipe solution for those on the go. Grill up some extra steak or chicken the night before the big game. Stir-fry with some onions, peppers, celery, mushrooms etc. in a little oil and give it all a roll. Avoid soggy fajitas by adding your sauce just before eating.
If you’re a veggie lover make a wrap using grilled zucchini, red and green peppers, eggplant and sweet onions. Spread the wrap with goat cheese, add a little salsa or chutney and top with vegetables. Wrap n go.