They all tasted gross to me, though, so then I would buy a different convenience food and start the cycle over again.
Yeah, that didn't work so well.
Finally, I got smart. Or maybe just not so stupid. I created a list of some simple meals that can be made quickly but still use whole foods and fresh ingredients.
Simple, fast meals using nothing but whole foods:
1. Eggs - you can never go wrong with eggs. They are so versatile and pack a nutritional punch.
2. Cheese and homemade bread - put some veggies and fruit out with it, and you have a well rounded but easy meal. Obviously, you need to make the bread, but you all have homemade bread every day, right? If not, grab a loaf from a corner bakery.
3.Soup - a classic make ahead dish that freezes well. When you have time, make extra so you always have something in the freezer for a quick meal.
4.Beans/lentils - frugal and nutritious, beans and lentils can be soaked and cooked when you have time and frozen the same as soup. Add them to rice, soups, or eat them plain with a little cheese on top.
5.Quinoa - in broth, with ground beef, or mixed with sauteed veggies, quinoa cooks quickly and is a complete protein, so no need to worry about what to serve with it if you are truly pressed for time.