Often in our house the answer is "Mac'N'Cheese!" (The blue box.) I've gotten tired of explaining to them (*cough* Hubby *cough*) that macaroni and cheese (especially the overly processed junk we buy) does not constitute a meal.
So instead I make it into a meal. I've learned that my kids are more willing to taste new vegetables when I serve it in this casserole versus serving them on their own as a side dish. I grew up on casseroles. All the important food groups for the meal in one dish. Only one member of the household complains about the sacred macaroni and cheese being adulterated (*cough* Hubby *cough*.) On this day Primus learned that she likes water chesnuts.
So here it is, my super easy recipe (can you even call it a recipe?) for a quick meal on those nights when you don't know what to cook and you want even the picky eaters to eat. It's definitely not the healthiest dinner we eat, but it includes vegetables so I call it a win!
The rough recipe below is enough for our family of 6 to eat dinner plus lunch the next day.
2. Cook 2-3 boxes macaroni and cheese according to package directions.
3. When you add the cheese powder/milk/butter to the macaroni, also add the vegetables and about 6 cut up hotdogs.
4. Stir it all up and serve.