Last minute meal ideas for kids? BREAKFASTS. My boys will pretty much eat everything (I'm in fact worried about the utensils and dishes these days ... strapping HUNGRY lads of 12 and 14 playing football and Dangerous Biking and skateboarding ... funny how suddenly nothing tastes YUCKY ...).
BUT - they help out, and will start meals with EGGS. For dinner, we will eat:
Peach Pancakes (if I have peaches - or frozen blueberries, whatever is on hand)
Omelettes with onions, green peppers, leftover lunch meat or ANY meat - and of course lots of cheese. They make their own - which is nice, because if they WERE fussy, they can pick and choose.
Nachoes are a hit - sometimes I'll do up the meat the night before.
Soups - but let them ADD things. One of our favourites is called 'Chowder'. Mushroom soup, but we add cheddar and tuna and eat with fresh bread.
Veggie soup, but we add more veggies, beans, noodles. Whatever is on hand.
Single-Mom-ism is hard on the budget, but one wonderful advantage is a Teen and Pre-Teen who know how to cook.