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It’s the end of the day and it’s been a long one! You arrive home and all you feel like doing is throwing down your work bag, and collapsing on the couch. The last thing you feel like doing is cooking. What feels worse is that you have no inspiration coming at you, leaving you with that sinking feeling – what the heck am I going to make for dinner?
We’ve all been there. You have hungry mouths to feed – and nothing is organized for dinner. Maybe you forgot to thaw out something from the freezer. Or your kitchen is still a disaster from yesterday and you have no desire to create more dirty dishes. Or maybe it’s the end of the week and you need to grocery shop but haven’t made it there yet. Whatever the reason, here you are, it’s 5:30 and you’ve got to get something on the table. Do you order in? Go out for dinner? Or begrudgingly try to put something together?
If you are looking for a meal idea that is fast, quick and straight-forward, I’ve got you covered with this 20-minute meal idea, using foods you are likely to have in your house. You can even take this simple meal and “dress it up” with a few small tweaks. Read on.
*Items listed in italics are optional
Weeknight Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese Croutons.
Soup is an excellent option for weeknight meals. Tomato soup is classically paired with grilled cheese. You can find pre-made tomato soups at the grocery store, both canned and more artisanal boxed versions. However, you can also make it yourself – and it is easier to make than you think. Try this recipe for Weeknight Tomato Soup or this Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque.
Grilled cheese is a family favourite in our house. It is something we often make on the weekend for lunch, and sometimes, we make them for school lunches (throw in your grilled cheese into a pre-warmed thermos). My kids love the gooey cheese with toasted bread and dip it in ketchup. So when a food is this well-loved and is quick to make, why not have it in your weeknight recipe repertoire for nights where you need something quick and simple?
When you look at the ingredients needed to make grilled cheese, it includes foods that we almost always have in our home.
You can round out your meal of Grilled Cheese with simple healthy sides:
A sandwich by itself may not be totally filling or balanced. Complete your meal with an additional side of vegetables or fruit:
You can take this simple, ordinary meal of grilled cheese and make it extra-ordinary in a few simple ways:
Swap out your bread: While grocery shopping, you stop by the bread and bakery section anyways. It doesn’t take much effort to purchase a different kind of bread. Try these:
Switch up your cheese: You are walking by the dairy case anyways. Why not grab your family’s favourite kind of cheese and maybe even add in a second or third kind of cheese for a simple way to kick up the flavour of your meals? Here are some cheeses to consider:
Add in a fun flavourizer: Grilled cheese sandwiches can be upgraded in a snap by adding in a fun flavourizer! Here are a few ideas to get you salivating:
Switch up the shape in which your grilled cheese is presented for simple, weeknight fun:
My kids smile when I take something as ordinary as a sandwich and then offer it to them in the shape of a heart, a star or a helicopter by simply using a cookie cutter. Other fun shapes that transform an ordinary sandwich into something fun include:
So when the dinner fairy doesn’t arrive at your house to magically create you a fast dinner, here is the next best option. Grilled cheese 2.0. Enjoy this recipe for a Weeknight Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich.