When life gets busy and overwhelming, or drops unexpected challenges in your path, you need to simplify your mealtime. Life happens, but we all still need to eat. It’s a basic need, certainly, but it’s also nourishment that feeds our emotional and familial needs as well. Sometimes when there’s change in our lives, we need to get back to the basics in the kitchen. We need to prepare something that doesn’t require a ton of energy, ingredients or thought. Instead of focusing on the sometimes daunting task of “what’s for dinner” in the midst of chaos, it helps us focus on what matters most — connecting around the table and offering our love through thick and thin.
Here are 31 of my favorite easy, delicious meals to prepare during those hectic periods.