What Moms Feed Their Kids When They Don't Feel Like Cooking

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Tuesday nights are kind of a train wreck at my house. My husband usually has to work, so I'm in charge of making sure the big kid has homework done, and then there's track practice and bath time. Somewhere along the way I've got to make sure everyone, including my fairly picky little kid, gets something to eat. Actual cooking? That's just not happening. So what's a busy mom to do when things just seem like they can't go according to plan (if there is a plan at all)? She has to improvise with some quick and dirty cooking. 


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The truth is, there are some nights when the thought of having to create a meal at the stove just seems like too much. The good news is, there are actually a lot of tasty no-cook options out there that hit all my check marks: quick, healthy(ish), and kid friendly. As much as we want to be able to cook a gourmet meal every night of the week, there is no shame in taking shortcuts to get dinner on the table. For the mom who has cooking blogs bookmarked on her computer to the mom who is still trying to figure out how to turn on the microwave, we pulled together 15 great ideas -- from other mamas -- for the next time a mom wants to give her stove the night off. I tried #1 the other night and my kids declared me "best mom ever," so I'm calling this list a success!

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