Simple Suppers for Six


What’re you doin’?” Jabber asked.  “Why’re ya’ sendin’ out kisses to everybodies out there?”

I’m not sending out kisses.  I am reminding everyone of the Keep It Simple Stupid phrase.  Not that I think you are stupid, Weeders.  No, don’t!  Just a reminder that simple strategies are likely to work more effectively.

If you are anything like moi (God bless you my friends, if you are), a little reminder of time-management and organization sometimes triggers one to action.  This isn’t new, I didn’t invent it, you already know it—it’s just a reminder.  (Hey, there is a gubment shutdown goin’ on—and I’m trying to do what I can to keep my own household in good order!)

The previous post was on some simple strategies I use for grocery shopping.  This post is a list of meals I have prepared or will prepare—can be switched around.  For the four nights a week I am cooking for six people,  I like to have one pasta night, one meat night, one soup night, and one ‘fun’ night for the kids (and adults!)  By “fun” I mean some meal like pizza, hamburgers or tacos which they really enjoy eating.  For some reason, these ‘fun’ night meals seem more sociable! 

When I don’t know what to add to a main dish as a side, I look in the freezer or pantry to find a suitable addition.  I keep vegetables pretty well stocked, although they are not all fresh veggies.  We (TMWLH and moi) like a fresh salad of some sort almost every night.  We don’t eat a lot of fruit, but I often incorporate it into salads or as dessert.  (Hint:  if you have vegetables which the kids won’t eat, chop in food processor and add to casseroles, sauces, soups.  Other flavors will generally overpower the vegetable flavor and the kids won’t even know you’ve snuck some vegetables into their dinner.  Won’t hurt YOU either!)

These are pretty simple and inexpensive to make suppers—a variety:

Chicken pesto pasta, salad, bread, cupcakes

Saturday Night Special (a chicken-based homemade sloppy joe recipe), sweet potato fries, salad

Roast pork with baked apples, green beans  (roast in crock pot)

Quarter chicken legs on grill.  (Bought from grocery store labeled “manager’s special”—meaning they were about to go out of date–and only $6 to $7 total for 6 large pieces.  LOOK for the special deals!  Then be flexible and use them.).  I also grilled two heads of cauliflower and the kids loved it!   banana pudding

(desserts depend on what I’ve got, what has been on sale, and how much time I’ve got available.  Usually small portions of dessert.)

Roast beef with potatoes, carrots, Cole slaw with apples (make with food processor—easy!)  (crock pot roast beef and vegetables)

Leftover roast beef stew with carrots, potatoes, celery and gravy, (crock pot), berries with whipped cream, some kind of bread 

Tuna noodle casserole with Cole slaw or lettuce salad, bread

Quesadillas (chicken, peppers, onions and cheese); salsa, lettuce and tomatoes, sour cream), ice cream

Chicken pot pies with salad and corn bread (frozen pot pies and are name brand—about $1.50 each at warehouse store)

Tacos with lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, cheese, baked apples with cinnamon sugar and topped with whipped cream

(I use brown sugar and the whipped cream is non-dairy, but in the can)

Enchiladas (chicken or cooked hamburger meat, refried beans, cheese, enchilada sauce, onions); serve with sour cream, salad, breads

Chicken breasts, rice, (can be crock pot if you like—but I prefer to bake in oven) salad, berries with whipped cream and cookies

Homemade chicken noodle soup (can be crock pot) with grilled cheese sandwiches and cake or pudding for dessert

Spaghetti with hamburger meat (can make/heat sauce in crock pot); lettuce salad; cupcakes

Hamburgers (on grill if possible) with salad or slaw, chips, fruit or cookies and ice cream

Macaroni and Cheese with cut up hot dogs or brats or some type of cooked meat.  Green vegetable; bread

Homemade soup (whatever is in freezer leftover and either chicken or beef stock) (can be crock pot), beans incorporated into soup, crackers, cheese

White chicken chili (can be crock pot) with corn bread, crackers and salad

Regular (meat) chili, (can be crock pot), corn bread, crackers, salad


I make Cole slaw in food processor, a little at a time, so that it is eaten at one meal.   Very simple:  shred some cabbage, shred a peeled carrot, shred apple or a bit of onion if you choose, pour on some bottled Cole slaw dressing—a little at a time.  You don’t want to drown it!  You can add sliced almonds, Craisins, raisins, and/or other items to the slaw to vary it.  Much cheaper and BETTER than what you buy in the store.

I also make an Asian slaw which has a white vinegar/sugar dressing.  It is very good, but makes a great deal of slaw.  Everyone loves it, however!

Baked beans (canned) are good side additions to hamburger and/or hot dog nights; frozen French fries (I like sweet potato fries) are good additions as well—baked in the oven.

Substitute baked sweet potatoes for white potatoes sometimes—we actually prefer baked sweet potatoes.

Having a list of meals helps me in grocery shopping, time management, and actual preparation time.  This strategy will work for you, too!



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie Pilozzi (sis)
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 08:52:02

    Thanks so much for the ideas.


    • harpethview
      Oct 06, 2013 @ 10:12:50

      Welcome! I have already posted some of the recipes in the past; I will put up some more as time goes on. But I know everyone has his/her own tastes and ideas and favorites as well. How about YOU?


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