In my family, the sport of choice is soccer. We often find ourselves on the sidelines, watching a game during the dinner hour.
And even if it’s not game time, practices usually run at dinner time. It’s hard to cook when you’re not home to do it. But with a plan, it is possible to get everyone fed without resorting to the drive-thru.
That’s where this new series comes in. Tuesdays in August, you’ll find lots of ideas and tips on dealing with dinner, when you’re in the car, on the sidelines or coming home late after a long day.
Here’s the series schedule:
- August 9 – Pack it!
- August 16 – Grocery Store Meals
- August 23 – Rock the Slow Cooker!
- August 30 – 15 Minute Meals
Obviously, you can just pack sandwiches. But you know how to do that already. And if you’re regularly packing lunch meat sandwiches for lunch, you might want something different for dinner. Especially since sports seasons last 3 months or so. Sandwiches twice a day could get old fast.
Here are some other ideas. But first, a few tips.
Some essentials and some nice-to-haves.
- thermos for soup or casseroles
- reusable insulated water bottles, or a large gallon size thermos for keeping drinks cold
- paper plates, napkins, plastic forks/spoons – keep a bag of these in your car.
- frozen ice pack – always put it back in the freezer when you get home.
Packable Recipes (that aren’t sandwiches):
- Chicken legs – you can eat them cold and they travel well. Don’t forget the napkins. (BBQing tips or Oven version)
- Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad
- Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad
- Chicken Salad
- Any casserole or soup you pack in a thermos.
Next week we’ll be talking about those nights when you didn’t pack anything, but you won’t be home to cook or eat. Stay tuned for how to swing through the grocery store to put together quick, healthy picnic meals.
Do you pack foods during the sports season? What’s your favorite?