Tips to Avoid the Last-Minute Dinnertime Rush!
We've all been there, haven't we? It's suddenly late in the afternoon, and you have no idea what your family will be having for dinner. Time can get away from us when we are working or driving here & there from one place to the other. That's when you grab for the take-out menus or frantically search your pantry for something quick to prepare. It's no secret that it can be stressful when you aren't prepared for meal time.
Hopefully these tips will help you beat the dinnertime rush:
Plan Your Meals
Meal planning is the single biggest thing you can do to have a less stressful meal time. If you have your meals planned ahead of time you will always have that first big question (What's for dinner?) answered. Make it a family activity. You can allow your kids to help in the planning and choose their favorite meals to add to the meal plan.
Grocery Shopping Ahead of Time
You can plan your meals carefully, but if you don't have the right ingredients to put it together it can cost so much time and stress. Do your shopping before the week gets going, and make sure you have everything you'll need to prepare dinner each night. This will keep you from running to the store at the last minute.
Use the Slow Cooker
I am convinced that the Slow Cooker is a busy mother's best friend. If not number one, then it's certainly in the top ten. Who wouldn't love to come home each night to a pot full of something delicious all ready to eat with little or no preparation? The Slow Cooker allows you to do just that! If you add at least three slow cooker meals to your weekly meal plan I guarantee you will have at least three no stress meals.
Freezer cooking is one of my favorite ways to minimize meal prep during the week. Choose a day to have a huge cooking session to prepare several meals for the freezer. There are several soups, casseroles, and other recipes that freeze very well.