Sanity Saving Ideas to Conquer Fast Weeknight Dinners

October 21, 2016

Italian Chicken Wraps

10-minute Italian Chicken Wraps Photo & Recipe by

Did you know that carving out just 20 minutes a day for the whole family to gather at the dinner table can help establish positive eating habits for your children? Sounds great, but let's be real. There is a tremendous demand on your time and putting dinner on the table can feel like just another dreaded item on your to-do list.

Here are a few ideas for for quick, delicious, family-pleasing dishes using TortillaLand® tortillas that help you enjoy more time for the important things in life.

Tip #1: Develop and Follow a Weeknight Meal "Template".

Include the whole family in meal preparation by having everyone jot down some ideas and assign a theme to each night of the week. For instance, "Meatless Monday", "Taco Tuesday", "Fajita Friday" and "Pizza Friday" are commonly used dinner themes.

Other popular themes are "Pasta Night", "Soup & Salad Night", etc. Save one day for leftovers! The whole family will have fun getting creative. Following a weekly template develops consistency and helps to simplify meal planning decisions. In other words, it saves time!

Tip #2: Involve the Whole Family With Meal Prep.

There are numerous benefits to getting the whole family to participate in meal prep. Assigning age-appropriate tasks to each member of the family like chopping, setting the table, measuring ingredients, etc. is a great way to makes the meal more personal, no matter what you’re serving. In addition, you are setting up good lifelong habits and teaching your children new skills.

Tip #3: Aim for One-Dish Meals.

Wish you could spend less time the kitchen? One-dish meals are quick to prepare and A time saving dish like Chicken & Marinated Veggie Quesadillas made with TortillaLand® Flour Tortillas can come together easily with a few ingredients, and there’s only one pan to wash!

A kid-friendly dish like Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad is a simple and convenient way to put a filling and fast meal on the table.

Grilled Chicken Fajita

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Tip #4: Take Advantage of Convenience.

Homemade is nice, but there is no shame in taking advantage of convenience. When you are pressed for time, anything that cuts down on prep time is a good thing. If possible, keep a few dinner-time staples on hand like grilled and sliced chicken, diced onions, diced peppers, shredded cheese, pre-washed lettuce and salads, etc, in the fridge. These time saving essentials will be a huge help as you assemble your meals.

These 10 Minute Italian Chicken Wraps made with our flour tortillas, pre-cooked chicken and store-bought dressing are perfect examples of how to save time with pre-prepped ingredients.  Add some ribboned basil and you’ll have one heck of a satisfying, flavor-bursting wrap in the matter of mere minutes.

Tip #5: The Slow Cooker is Your Friend.

Slow Cookers are the magicians of kitchen appliances. All you have to do is take a few minutes in the morning to assemble a few ingredients, and by the evening you’ll have a complete, hot meal ready to enjoy. It's like magic! We like recipes like Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken  and Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas and Chipotle Pepper-Crockpot Shredded Beef Recipe are great meals to add into your repertoire.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas {Paleo, Gluten Free} Photo & Recipe By

With a little planning and the right ingredients, you can enjoy a delicious family meal around the dinner table without sacrificing quality or nutrition for convenience. Check our Recipe Page for more time saving dinner ideas!

Categories: What's For Dinner
Tags: Weeknight Meals, Fast Dinners, Kid Friendly Meals, Tacos, Wraps, Family Dinners, TortillaLand, Flour Tortillas, Recipes, Dinner Recipes


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