How to Plan Dinner When You Are Short on Time

by Alli

Conagra Brands sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own.

We all have those days – those days when you have way too much on your plate and you don’t know how you’ll get it all done. It’s days like this when the last thing on your mind is dinner.

Often times, I get so caught up in my work that I totally forget about dinner. Most days I really love my job, but sometimes things tend to get hectic. On those days when I have several articles to write, photos to shoot, parties to plan and soccer games to attend, I can get totally overwhelmed!

When my schedule is overbooked and I have no idea what to cook for dinner, I turn to my freezer. It is stocked with delicious meals that are ready in minutes.

That’s why I always have a backup plan! On those days when I don’t have time to cook, I keep my freezer stocked with Banquet Mega Bowls. Have you seen them? I find them in the frozen meals freezer section of my local Walmart.

How to Plan Dinner

My husband was pleasantly surprised the first time I served him a Banquet Chicken Fried Steak Mega Meal. He’s impressed that the portions are hearty and the Chicken Fried Steak tastes homemade. Plus, this mega bowl has 19 grams of protein!

Plan Dinner with Mega Bowls

Banquet Mega Bowls – It’s What’s For Dinner

The Chicken Fried Steak Mega Bowl is a favorite at my house. It’s filled with tender chunks of beef patty fritters and country style gravy on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. Then it’s topped with corn, green beans, and melted cheese. It’s truly a mega bowl of deliciousness!

How to Plan Dinner When You're Short on Time

You can also find Banquet Mega Bowls and Meals in these varieties:

  • Chicken Fajita Mega Bowl
  • Steak Mega Bowl
  • Fried Chicken Mega Bowl
  • Buffalo Chicken Mega Bowl
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Salisbury Steak

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Banquet Mega Bowls and Banquet Mega Meals leave you full without emptying your wallet. Plus, it’s nice to have them on hand when I need a quick dinner. I need to check the freezer and see if it’s time to stock up again.

How to Plan Dinner in a Pinch

How do you handle dinner on hectic days?



robin rue November 21, 2017 - 5:35 am

I try to prep ahead as much as possible. If not, I always have freezer meals ready when needed. I hate feeling rushed at dinner time.

Pam Wattenbarger November 21, 2017 - 7:51 am

I always keep a freezer meal on hand for hectic days, especially during the holidays. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed at this time of year!

Doria November 21, 2017 - 10:42 am

Oh wow, that’s super convenient! I also keep “rushed night” meals in the freezer because sometimes there just isn’t time to make a meal from scratch and people need to eat. 😉

Amber Myers November 21, 2017 - 11:06 am

Oh yum, these meals look tasty! I personally love when we just have frozen meals for dinner since I hate to cook. I’ll have to pick these up the next time I’m at Walmart.

Crystal November 21, 2017 - 12:15 pm

I can’t believe it but recently I’ve even been too busy to plan crockpot meals! These frozen dinners are fantastic to fall back on – they are so simple!

Janet November 21, 2017 - 12:19 pm

These look yummy and with an adult daughter living at home right now I can see some of these in her future! It’s hard to come home and cook after a long day at work.

Joely Smith November 21, 2017 - 12:46 pm

I really need to pick up some Banquet Mega Bowls! This post has me drooling! They look SO good and YES I need meals that are fast and easy to prepare especially around holidays! I think we all do!

Sarah Bailey November 21, 2017 - 1:27 pm

How great does this sound, I am always after ideas for meals that are quick, easy and tasty as I can’t stay standing for long in the kitchen.

Bohemian Babushka November 21, 2017 - 2:28 pm

That MegaBowl looked delicioso! Will be adding it to the next market list. Gracias for the intro. BB2U

Mommy Moment November 21, 2017 - 5:44 pm

Getting supper ready between after school pick up and extracurriculars is enough to drive anyone crazy! I usually plan to have something super quick on those crazy evenings or make sure something goes in the slow cooker first thing in the morning.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy November 21, 2017 - 5:51 pm

These Mega Bowls sound delicious and convenient. I would love to try one of these for those busy weeknights. They sound great!

Liz Mays November 21, 2017 - 9:20 pm

We run into lots of last-minute situations! Having some delicious Mega Bowls for those occasions is a good idea.

Sapphire Kharyzma November 22, 2017 - 12:39 am

I have spent many meetings thinking about what to prepare for dinner. Mega Bowls sound like such a life saver. I don’t usually have many last minute moments, but they do arise and this would definitely help keep things together.

Dina Demarest November 22, 2017 - 8:16 am

These meals look very tasty! I would love to try cooking this for busy weeknight dinner!

Terri Beavers November 22, 2017 - 8:46 am

I love Banquet frozen meals when I’m in a hurry. I haven’t tried these bowls yet but will pick some up when I go get groceries this afternoon. It really does look delish.

sara November 22, 2017 - 1:54 pm

We all need to have a backup plan because dinner does not always go exactly as we think it might! I keep frozen meals in our garage freezer just in case we need them!

Angie November 22, 2017 - 3:17 pm

I seriously need to get better about cooking dinner… We eat out way too much which is neither healthy or good for my wallet.

Wildish Jess November 26, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Oh my gosh! I never thought in a million years that was going to be a banquet meal! It looks so good!


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