09 May Fast & Convenient Dinners!
It’s hard to find balance, and even trickier to get dinner on the table (or even find the time to make it!). If all of this sounds familiar, here are some strategies for how you can make dinner time a little less stressful.
You understand that day during the week that’s your busiest? The one where you’re running all day long, need to get one kid to soccer practice, another kid to dance, and still another couple of kids to gymnastics? (Oh, and remember homework to make sure the kids finish, too.) That’s the day, every week, to feel just fine about getting pizza on the way home. It’s well worth it to not have to stress about dinner prep or clean up on a day that is certainly crazy full.
You can throw some ingredients in it at the beginning of the day, come home at the end of it, and serve something that tastes like you slaved most of the day in the kitchen. Throw some ribs in with BBQ sauce and let them go all day, shred a roast for simple tacos, or throw the ingredients for your family’s favorite soup in there.
Do you want to cook but do not like doing all the grocery shopping? Or, are you one of those people that comes by the store to purchase food every night for dinner? Or nots having enough plans of what to make? If these scenarios sound like you, you might think about registering for a meal subscription service like Blue Apron, Gobble, Peachdish or Plated. (Actually, there are several out there, so you ‘d need to do the research to find the one that best fits the needs of your family.) Get the headache out of planning the menu or looking for the food by having everything provided to your door, ready with information for how to cook it and put it together. Voila!
Have one low-prep meal every week. Regardless of it is, think of a few meals that are family staples and only take a short time to prepare, and choose one of those once a week.
Make it a grill night. Hurling some meat on the grill minimizes the dishes you use in cooking, shortens clean up time, and you can easily open some cans of baked beans, heat up a bag of frozen vegetables, or open a favorite bag of potato chips to round things off.
Make a bunch of meals in advance. Being able to come home and grab a lasagna from the freezer to put in the oven while you set the table and help your son finish his homework makes things a little less chaotic.
One of the joys of life is having the ability to appreciate good food. As friends, families and individuals, eating is a social activity, and refers to more than just giving our bodies needed fuel. Nevertheless, when you’re cooking for your brood every day, it can be easy to run out of meal ideas and get burned out. You might consider signing up for one of our culinary tours if you’re looking for a way to bring some new flavors and meals to your table. These tours are an excellent way to learn new cooking approaches, be introduced to new flavors, and inspire fresh meal ideas when you need a change. If you wish to switch things up and expand your family’s palate, we can help you out!