Do you get overwhelmed with making dinner after a long day of taking your kids to after-school sports practice? Well, you’re not alone! Being a parent is no easy job, let alone having to get enough energy to make dinner after a busy night with kids having homework. But no worries, because we have tons of easy delicious recipes that will make for a quick and easy dinner. No more after-practice/game fast food stops for your family; you’ll have dinner dishes done and the kids in bed in no time, and still have time to watch your favorite tv show! Let’s dive into our favorite quick and easy after sports night dinner ideas!
Salads In A Jar
One of the simplest ideas is when you take a big jar and pack it full of your favorite veggies. Some lettuce, tomatoes, and some other salad staples can all be put into a jar and tossed with some salad dressing for an easy and quick dinner. Everything is pre-chopped and ready to go, so you’ll have minimal work and no clean-up! If you have picky eaters in the family you can even go as far as to customize each salad for every family member depending on what they like.
Crockpots are an easy way to put a quick dinner on the table with minimal work. All you have to do is put all your ingredients in and seasonings, turn it on in the morning and go on with your day! When you’ve got hungry kids on the way back from the game, you’ll have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home. Grab some paper plates and a few paper napkins and there’s no clean-up either!
Breakfast For Dinner
Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? You can have everything pre-made in advance, just boil some eggs and pick up some frozen sausage and a loave of bread. When dinner is ready to be served, grab out the boiled eggs from the fridge and heat the sausage in a pan, toast the bread, and there you have breakfast for dinner! Depending on what your kids like, you could change it up and buy some frozen waffles and heat them in the toaster. Breakfast for dinner is easy and simple!
Burritos can be messy and time-consuming, but not this way! Go grab all your favorite burrito fillings and some tin foil and let's get started. Fill your tortilla with the toppings and roll them up. If you have picky children you can always customize them with ingredients and put family member's names on them. Wrap them in tin foil, put them on a tray, and pop them in the freezer. When you’re back late from the game, toss them in the microwave and there’s dinner! Frozen burritos are a favorite and easy and simple!
Chicken salad is one of the simplest ideas that you can use and takes minimal work on your end. At the start of the week cook up chicken breasts or thighs (whatever you have on hand) and use them for chicken salad or you could just keep a few Ziploc bags filled with them for easy salads and meals. Stick your chicken salad in the fridge and use it as a quick wrap and sandwich fillers.
Dozen of recipes can come from a rotisserie chicken and you can get quite a few meals out of just one. If you don’t have time to precook chicken or just find it easier to buy one, buy a rotisserie chicken on the weekend and get the meat off it. You can use the meat for soups, wraps, salads, and many other delicious meals! You can even take wraps made out of it with you in a cooler to pull out at the games or on the way home!
They may sound complicated, but sloppy joes can be a quick meal if made in advance. Premake the filling in advance and store it in the fridge for when you get home. Once you get back from a busy night and the family’s busy, pull out your fillings, toss some cheese on them, and heat them in the oven. This is so simple yet tastes like you’ve spent hours on it!
Soup In Thermos
When it’s getting a little chilly out on the bleachers at the game having some pre-made soup in a thermos can be a lifesaver! Make your soup in advance and before the game put it in a thermos to keep it warm. When you’re sitting out on a cold night some warm soup can be exactly what you need to keep you from getting hungry and keep you warm during the game!
What do you think about these easy sports night dinner ideas? We know just how hard it can be to balance everything and adding practice multiple nights a week, plus weekend games, just makes it even more difficult! We hope that these recipes can help ease the load a bit.
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