Mealtime Solutions and Simple Recipes for Parents and Caregivers

One of the main complaints I hear, from parents and caregivers, is meal time.  Many parents and caregivers can relate.  Life is hurried and hectic, then comes mealtime with picky eaters.

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Mealtime solutions:

It can be difficult to cook for more than one person, when everyone has different tastes. To make life easier for caregivers, I always suggested this simple solution:

  1. Find a handful of recipes that everyone in your family can agree on.
  2. Double the recipes when you cook them.
  3. Freeze half of each recipe.

Parents, and caregivers, who do not like to cook can benefit by making extra portions and freezing them. In a few weeks, you have ready-to-eat meals that do not require any prep.

Additional ideas:

  1. Utilize your crock-pot. If you do not have a crock-pot, it is a fabulous addition to any household where schedules are crowded.
  2. Try a George Foreman grill.  This one, simple kitchen appliance has saved me so much time and hassle.  It is easy to cook on and easy to clean.
  3. One reader, of this blog, has posted quotes all over her kitchen to help her get through cooking because it is the most stressful part of her day.  If you are suffering from stress, please look through our categories and menu for many pages about that topic.  We also have several posts containing quotes and uplifting sayings, so be sure to check those out too.
  4. I have one additional idea, for those of you who do not like to be in the kitchen.  Instead of cooking each day, choose one day and make up several meals.  Sometimes I will use one day to make an entire week’s worth of various meats for my family.  By filling up the refrigerator, I save myself time during the week.

For the busy parents:

Parents, I am so glad you are here. You are daily caregivers. Parenting involves a daily list of cooking, cleaning, laundry, carpool, juggling schedules, hugging, consoling, bandaging, and teaching life lessons.

Before we look at new recipes:

I have one quick note for all parents and caregivers.  This weekend, I watched an amazing movie that I would love for everyone to see.  The movie, “Champion” is about two fathers and their love for their children.  I will not give away the plot twist, but it is well-made and beautifully produced film based on a race car driver.  This movie was introduced to me by a reader of our blog.  She was very excited about “Champion”, and now that I have seen it, I am thrilled to tell others too.
I hope everyone will be able to see this amazing film.  If you have already seen “Champion”, you probably agree that you left the theater a better person than when you arrived.

Easy cooking for busy parents and caregivers:

Now that school is out, for most children, I wanted to leave you parents and caregivers with some simple summer recipes.  I love simple recipes with busy schedules.  Click here to view our most popular recipes.

For two additional recipes, read on:

Easy main dish:
  • 1 pound hamburger meat (or ground turkey or tofu)
  • Cooked rice (white or brown)
  • Cheese (or veggie cheese alternative)

Brown the meat and drain it.  Cook rice according to directions.  Place 1 cup of rice in each bowl.  Top with one cup of meat.  Top with cheese and microwave the bowls, for a few seconds, until the cheese melts.

On your counter, place bowls of salsa, onions, tomatoes, or any additional ingredients for family members to top their main dish with.  Have each family member add their own toppings and enjoy!

For dessert:
Easy Fruit Cobbler-
  • 1 large can of peaches (or any other fruit)
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
Drain the peaches, reserving the juice.  Slice the peaches and put into the bottom of a greased baking dish.
Mix together the flour and sugar, then pour this mixture evenly over the peaches.  Pour at least one cup of the peach juice over this.  If you do not have enough peach juice, add water until you can make a cup of juice. Chop up a stick of butter and place the pieces on top.  Bake at 400 degrees for 45minutes to one hour (or until golden brown).  Many thanks, to my long-time friend Carolyn, for this most loved recipe!

What about you?

Which recipes are your favorite go-to recipes?  Do you have some time saving recipes you can share with us?  We would love to hear your ideas. Please let us know how you handle the stress of cooking for picky eaters.

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21 thoughts on “Mealtime Solutions and Simple Recipes for Parents and Caregivers”

  1. I have a quick, all-in-one meal deal!
    Fill muffin tins with 1/2 uncooked hamburger meat. Press around inside the tin and a little on the bottom forming a hamburger shell. Fill each shell with mashed potatoes (I use instant sometimes). Cook at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, take out and put some shredded cheese on top of each shell. Put back into the over and cook another 10 – 15 minutes. (I pull on one to see if it will come out easily, if so, I then remove them, take them out and put onto a plate. One can of peas, etc. and you have a quick, delicious meal. I use the lean mean to keep the grease out. (Season the hamburger meat and potatoes, however you like, before putting into tins.

  2. I’d like to add a quick, pretty delicious dessert. “Strawberry Delight”
    1 Small Angle Food Cake (already prepared)
    1 Large Sugar Free Cool Whip
    1 Large Frozen Strawberries (can use fresh cut up strawberries – add a little sugar to make it’s own juice.
    Cut Angle Food Cake into bite size chunks. Put into mixing bowl, add strawberries and cool whip. Mix gently until evenly covered with strawberries and cool whip. Set into refrigerator and let sit for a while (overnight is better). Put into a deep, clear glass dish for looks. Now, serve and eat. Quick, easy and delicious. Thanks for your blog of wonderful ideas and information. It is very uplifting and helpful.

  3. Strawberry Delight!
    This is to be gently turned over and over, by hand, with a spoon, until all pieces are covered with cool whip and strawberries. Do not mix with a mixer. I didn’t make this very plain.

  4. I love your idea of cooking for a whole week and freezing portions for later. I do this and it frees up time for other chores or to just relax. Also, I have a small George Forman grill. I buy the chicken, fish and salmon tenders/pieces and put them on the little grill. I can get 3 pretty big chicken tenders on the grill. It only takes a very few minutes and the pieces taste great. Wish I had given my sweet little Mom one of these. She was an great old fashion cook, but just for her, she would have loved the little grill. Thanks again for all your wonderful suggestions.

  5. I like to keep tortillas on hand because you can wrap or fold just about anything in them to make a meal. Just today I put almond butter and honey in tortillas for lunch!

    1. Shannon, I love this idea! Thank you for stopping by and leaving us this tip! That really is a wonderful solution for mealtime dilemmas.

  6. I love all of the ideas. I am trying to teach cooking, and the hamburger recipe sounds like a winner. We do it with just noodles, but I like the salsa and everything you added. Thank you.

    1. Maree, I love that- just noodles. That certainly simplifies the time on the kitchen. Wonderful idea!

  7. Great suggestions. Man, meal time can be tough! I like to make a bunch of shredded kitchen in the crockpot with Frank’s buffalo sauce. We eat it in tacos, lettuce wraps, or chicken salad!

    1. Yum!!!! You have inspired me. I have not tried the lettuce wraps yet. That would be incredibly healthy and gluten-free. Thank you for stopping by today, and giving us these ideas, Sophie.

    1. Thank you, Amy. Honestly, this tip came in very handy last week. I was a bit under the weather, so every night I pulled out a different meal from the freezer. My family had freezer meals all five nights last week 🙂

  8. Wow! Love all the great, time-saving suggestions. Thanks for all your time-savers. Love this blog. It is so encouraging and helpful to any of us caregivers or not!

  9. Jacinta, I am so glad you agree with the simple cooking ideas. This afternoon I will be cooking up several meals so I can restock my freezer. Thank you for stopping by today. Happy homemaking!

  10. I absolutely love that recipe for the Strawberry Delight. Will have to keep that in my recipe book. I’m not really a caregiver as such and don’t really cook much any more, but a lot of these recipes sound delish. I might even try a few of them one day. Oh yes, the fruit cobbler sounded great too (can you tell I love sweets?) My care giving now consists of 19 rescued chihuahuas that keep me busy – LOL.

  11. Eileen, I always love hearing about your 19 rescued chihuahuas. You are certainly a caregiver. You are giving care to little ones that would otherwise be homeless, abandoned, or worse. You are a saint for the sweet care you give.

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