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What’s In My Back Pocket?
It was 1980, and as I walked the halls of high school – okay, it was middle school – I felt pretty spiffy. I had a skip in my step, my San Francisco Riding Gear bell bottoms on, and there was something always in my back pocket. If you’re old enough, you know what that was. If you’re not, you’ll just have to keep reading and giggle at the absurdity of it.
What was in my pocket? My comb, not just any comb, mine was about 8 inches long and it was tortoise shell. 8 inches is just long enough, so the teeth stayed in my pocket and the handle stuck out – at the ready. Because, you never know when you’ll need to comb your hair :). Here’s the comb I’m talking about.
I’m sure that when people talk about having something in your back pocket, that’s what they’re talking about. They must have lived through the 80s with me.
And, just like it was important for me to be able to comb my hair at a moment’s notice, sometimes we need to cook dinner without much notice. This is a list of easy dinners to help you out in just those moments. These are things that you can quickly grab from the store and whip up in minutes at home. They save you from running through the drive-thru, and allow your family to gather around the table together.
If you know ahead of time that you’ll be having one of those crazy busy weeks, then have these things in your fridge, ready to go.
7 Easy Dinners For Your Back Pocket
- Rotisserie Chicken, Instant Mashed Potatoes and Frozen Veggies
- Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
- Chef Salad – Bagged Salad, Cubed Ham, Cubed Cheese, Grape Tomatoes, and Cooked Bacon
- BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwiches, Coleslaw, and Fruit
- Chili dogs, Carrot sticks and Apple Slices
- Scrambled Eggs and Toast
- And, when all else fails, Cereal or Oatmeal is completely acceptable.
I also have easy recipes for Mexican-Style Poached Eggs and Easy Chile Rellenos, for additional options.
Keep in mind, you don’t need to spend an hour in the kitchen every single night. You don’t always have to make fancy food. Push that easy button now and then, or a lot, if you need. No one ever gave me permission to simplify my meals – so, here’s me giving you permission, today!
I no longer carry a comb in my back pocket. I don’t even carry one in my purse, but I do keep these easy dinner ideas with me, just in case my day goes off the rails.
I’m always trying to think up new ideas for these simple meals. Share with us what some of your Back-Pocket Dinners are.