Soccer season has begun and the Fish Fam is finding ourselves on the run about 2 nights a week. Because our school does not have a home soccer field yet, our games have been about 1 hour away, meaning that we leave straight from school and get home about 7 p.m. This calls for me to be prepared for dinners so that we don't have to spend $50 on our family at McDonald's or some other fast food restaurant.
All it takes is a little bit of pre-planning to feed your family a healthy, inexpensive meal on the run.
For our first soccer game, I made sub sandwiches and individually wrapped them around lunch time and packed them in a cooler with a bag of chips, water bottles and a small bag of mini peppers.
Last soccer game I boiled 16 hot dogs, placed each in a bun and wrapped individually in foil. Threw in a can of Pringles and a bag of baby carrots with a carton of hummus. The hot dogs were still warm when we ate them during half time. I had a baggy of mustard and ketchup collected from fast food restaurants that were perfect for everyone. There were enough hot dogs to feed a couple, hungry soccer players on the way home too.
For tonight's supper I just browned 2 lbs. of ground turkey with 1 chopped bell pepper. Put it in the crock pot with garlic powder, salt, pepper, a few small squirts of mustard, a couple tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups of ketchup. I set it to simmer on low until I go to pick up the kids at school - in about 3 hours. I will put the Sloppy Joe meat on hamburger buns, wrap individually in foil, throw in a bag of pretzels and baby carrots and there's supper!
I buy popcorn seeds in bulk and will pop a large pot of popcorn, toss it with sea salt and Parmesan cheese to pour in a paper grocery sack for snacking during the game. We always have plenty to share.
So remember this the next time you have an afternoon/evening filled with ball games. You don't have to spend tons of money to eat out during the season. Just do a little bit of prepping and you can feed your family for a fraction of the costs. Who wants processed chicken nuggets and greasy fries when you can have yummy, homemade Sloppy Joes??