It’s 5:00. The children are screaming. Hubby is coming home soon. The house is a mess. And you need to put dinner on the table. What is for dinner anyway?
McDonalds? A dash to the local deli for fried chicken or sub sandwiches? Whatever you can find in the fridge?
I don’t know about you, but these options get old quickly. So let’s discuss better and easier options to the evening screaming fest!
Put Dinner on the Table Every Night
1. Crock Pot Meals
Crock pot meals are an easy-peasy way to put dinner on the table, provided you actually remember to start them in the morning!
A chunk of meat, can of tomatoes, and toss some seasoning on the top. It’s a roast! It’s meat for a taco salad! It’s an Italian sandwich!
Chop the meat up, add seasoning and veggies, and you have beef goulash, chicken soup, or beef stew!
What about tossing beans, tomato sauce, and chili powder together for chili? Here’s an old post which recommends some great crock-pot books for recipes to use.
Freezer meals are an awesome way to put dinner on the table. You spend one day a month cooking, freeze a bunch of meals, and then everything is ready for the chaotic days ahead.
No more wondering what to make. Just pull a healthy meal out of the freezer, heat it up, and serve your family dinner.
You can even save a bunch of money because you’re buying everything in bulk! Bulk shopping, bulk cooking, bulk freezing, and easy meals… what could be better!
Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family is a book about making freezer meals for your family!
3. Menu Plans
For over a year I used a meal planning service which e-mailed me a menu plan AND shopping list every week. I loved it!
Menu planning is one of my most hated chores of all. Even mountains of laundry to fold is better than menu planning.
While on the menu planning service, I just walked into the kitchen and started cooking! The only question is, do you plan your own menus or purchase one?
If you plan your own, one alternative is to plan six weeks of menus. Simply rotate through the weeks.
Six weeks is a long enough span the family won’t be bored with the same food on the table every Thursday, but you can relax knowing the menu is planned.
Four weeks also works if six is too intimidating. Having a plan in place is half the battle.
Or you can use a menu planning service such as the 5 dollar meal plan. Each week a menu is e-mailed to you. Print it out and off you go!
No more sweating over cookbooks trying to find new recipes the family will like. And no more getting into a rut and serving the same meal day after day. Your menu plan saves the day!
What is your best tip for getting dinner on the table every night?