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“No Cook” Dinners

The point of meal planning is to make life easier, but there are  some nights when no recipe could possibly be simple enough. On nights like these it is tempting to order take out, or dig a frozen pizza out of the freezer, but I’d love to share with you a few other options that are healthy, fun, and require zero cooking!

[This post is sponsored by Little Dish who make easy and nutritious meals for kids, but I am also sharing some other fun quick dinner ideas, so please read on!]

Tapas:

I know how to make a beautiful Spanish tortilla and can even bang up a delicious gazpacho, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m really just talking about pulling all the olives, gherkins, cheese, lunch meats, dips, crackers, breads, and any other snacky item lurking about your kitchen and plating them. We love this type of meal so much around here, it often shows up on my meal plans for the week (though if I’m planning ahead I’ll add some trickier bits such as falafel or this as well)! Throw some raw veggies into the mix or a salad on the side and you are good to go. The kids love being able to snack their way through dinner, and I love the fun, casual vibe of an easy night. (The pic below is from a playdate tapas dinner with Charlotte’s good friend Jonah.)

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Vegetarian Meals

Pan Con Tomate, or Spanish Tomato Bread

After strolling through the countryside in the summer heat, take a moment to sit outside of a quiet village bar and enjoy a bit of this magical Pan con Tomate, or Tomato Bread. If you don’t have any Spanish villages nearby, no te preocupes. All you need is a grill, a baguette, some fruity olive oil, a clove or two of raw garlic, and some juicy garden tomatoes.

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