Want an easy, quick, fun, all-in-one meal that's economical and fast to boot? Kabobs are exactly what you are looking for.
Kids (and grownups) love the fun factor of food on a stick. Kabobs are fast to cook because small pieces of meats and veggies are threaded on metal skewers; the small pieces cook fast and the metal skewers get hot as well, helping the food cook from within. They are also customizable for all the food preferences, dietary requirements, and allergies you may have gathered around your table. And they are relatively economical....you can stretch a pound or two of meat pretty far when it's cut in small pieces and skewered with other tidbits.
There are all kinds of deliious ways to make kabobs; Southern Living has a good roundup of recipies including meat and vegetable options. Generally, they are small pieces of meat or tofu (yes, really) marinated and then threaded on a skewer with alternating pieces of vegetables or fruit. They're grilled until the meat is done, then served with a grain (usually rice) and maybe a sauce to punch up the flavor.
To make sure everything cooks evenly, you can do separate skewers of veggies and meat; personally I have never had a problem with the traditional way, but the option is nice if you have vegetarians coming to dinner.
My favorite is the sausage kabobs we get at a local market or Middle Eastern style lamb shish kofta, but I like just about any kind. What is your favorite kind of kabob?