As we continue to get ready for the arrival of our new baby, I’m deep into nesting and preparing as much as possible. In between organizing closets and washing tiny baby clothes, I’m also trying to mentally prepare by envisioning how our schedule and basic daily tasks are going to chance one there is another child to care for and manage.
As it is now, I often find it to be a struggle to get dinner on the table some nights — and that’s with just chasing one toddler around! I imagine this will feel much more complicated with a newborn added to the mix.
To prepared as much as possible, I’m stocking up and planning to rely heavily on things like my rice cooker, simple recipes that can be thrown together quickly, and pantry items like canned vegetables, canned beans, and canned fruit.
Here is a roundup of recipes each featuring just five basic ingredients — including nutritious canned goods you already have in your panty — that can be thrown together for quick and easy weeknight meals.