Seven super simple meal ideas when you have no idea what to make

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If you're looking to get started with meal planning, need a little refresher, or are just stuck, you're in the right place!

Today, I'm sharing seven super simple family meal ideas that are great for when you have no idea what to make.  

I suggest having at least two nights on your family meal plan each week that are INCREDIBLY simple. Why am I such a HUGE proponent of keeping it simple? Here's why...because making plans that are too complicated is setting yourself up for failure. By keeping things simple, you set yourself up for success, and you're more likely to keep going.

With that, here are my top super simple family meal ideas:

1) Soup from the hot bar at the grocery store or your favorite café with a fancy grilled cheese sandwich (turkey and provolone on Italian bread is a favorite around here!)

2) Whole wheat pasta with shredded rotisserie chicken and a jar of Alfredo sauce. Cook pasta. Pour sauce and chicken in a large skillet and heat up over low heat for 10 min. Mix. Serve.  Add some broccoli to the sauce and chicken and let it cook for 15 min if you want to kick up the healthy factor!

3) Breakfast for dinner. Whatever your family loves for a hot breakfast, cook it up and serve it at dinner time. If you have never done this before, you will be shocked at what a crowd-pleaser it is!

4) Pick up a meal kit from the grocery store. If your store doesn't have fresh kits, grab an old-fashioned taco kit, some ground meat, a bag of shredded lettuce, cheese and sour cream. We like to get some nacho cheese to heat up and put on our tacos to feel extra fancy!

5) Grab a full meal from the hot bar at the grocery store. I love this because I can grab everyone's favorites!

6) Pick up some chicken breast tenderloins, frozen vegetable stir-fry, rice, and a jarred stir-fry sauce (whatever sauce in the Asian foods aisle looks good to you). It's a quick take-out at home that's yummy and easy.  Start cooking the rice first. While it's cooking, season the chicken with salt (1 tsp kosher salt per pound of chicken), and brown it in a little hot oil in a large skillet for 4-6 min first, then add the veggies, then add the sauce and let it all heat through.

7) Grab a rotisserie chicken or fried chicken from the hot bar and a salad kit from the produce department. 

Want more easy family meal ideas and recipes? Grab my 2-week family meal plan for free!  Each week has four unique meals, complete with recipes and side dishes, and a grocery list that's ready for you to shop.  Get it here!