Easy Weekday Meal Ideas

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Busy days come and  go for everyone. As a parent you may start your day off with a cup of coffee, the morning paper or watching your local news for insight on the weather forecast. Next thing you know your house is stirring with footsteps of little ones getting up trying to focus their attention on breakfast and getting dressed for the day. Then they’re out the door and off to school. These daily parenting routines are all part of our  lives in one way or another.

If you headed to the office or cleaned house and did laundry all day, there is still one daily task that you have to look forward to, Dinner. Knowing that you have a meal plan in place by menu planning, will save you time and money.

I’m this year’s Food Bank Coordinator for my business. Yesterday I had a meeting with the Placer Food Bank to discuss some ideas on fundraising, events and what goals they had for the year. They are recently in the process of transitioning to a bigger and better wherehouse and planning an open house in late March, early April. I knew I had to plan my day out in time to pick the kids up from school so after the meeting I did my grocery shopping already knowing what meals I had planned and what I needed to buy.

Monday night’s menu theme is Mexican. This meal is a toss between Sloppy Joes and Taco Salad. It’s quite tasty and something your kids can help make and even enjoy.

Quick Sloppy Joe Salad


2 pounds lean ground beef

1 1/4 cups water

1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste

1 packet (1.5 ounce) Sloppy Joe Spices and Seasonings

1 bag tortilla or corn chips

1 bag mixed salad greens

2 cups shredded cheese

1 cup salsa of your choice

1/4 cup sliced black olives

1/4 cup sour cream

Avacado, sliced


In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain excess fat. Add water, tomato paste and seasoning. Bring to a boil, stirring occassionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally; 10 minutes.

Serve mixture over tortilla or corn chips and salad mixture. Top with shredded cheese, salsa, sliced olives, avacado and sour cream.

*The kids can help with the toppings and layering each ingredient with a little help from you.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.
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Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family meal times back to the table and stay fit.

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