As a mom of two young children just starting to get busy with weeknight activities, I am feeling the pressure to plan and figure out quick, easy and nutritious dinners to feed my kids on nights where basketball practice or dance class is scheduled. Pasta is usually a go-to meal for us on those kind of nights, but we aren’t always in the mood for pasta are we? This week, I challenged myself to use what I had in my fridge and pantry to come up with something my kids (and husband) would enjoy!
I like to pick up chicken sausages in bulk packages when I shop at Costco…for the price and for the convenience of having enough to keep in the freezer for a few meals. Chicken sausages are a great alternative to regular sausage and even hot dogs. My kids have learned to love them and we use them in pasta dishes, alongside scrambled eggs and now in these tasty (and super easy) little slider melts. The sliders come together in less than 15 minutes so during that time you can quickly set up your plates (yes, on busy nights we go for paper plates) with sliced fruit, carrot sticks and grape tomatoes and some ranch dressing for your kids to dip their veggies in.
Chicken Sausage Slider Melts
What you’ll need:
small dinner rolls from your grocery bakery
chicken sausage links (I like these from Aidells)
sliced American cheese
Slice your sausage links longways, then in half so you have 4 small pieces. (one sausage link makes 2 sliders, so plan according to how many people you are feeding).
Place sausage pieces in a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook until browned on each side (about 5 minutes on each side).
In the meantime, heat your broiler. Slice your dinner rolls and place on a cookie sheet. When sausages are browned, place 2 side-by-side on each bun, then top with a slice of cheese. Place cookie sheet under broiler and broil until cheese is bubbly and bread is lightly toasted.
Serve with ketchup or mustard (optional) and sliced fruit and veggies.
Need other easy weeknight dinner ideas?