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Dinner….for the working family

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Dinner….for the working family

Anyone have multiple kids and work…a lot? How do you handle dinner with a household of chaos?
For the last year I have spend countless hours online, looking at pinterest and other sites to find meals I can make ahead and freeze- however, that doesn’t work when you get home at 6 and have to preheat the oven and bake dinner for however long the recipe calls for. Am I the only one that doesn’t like eating dinner at 7 or later?
During tax season I work crazy hours so I have to figure something out so my husband does something other chicken nuggets and fruit/veggie packs every night for dinner.

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  1. I only have one child, but share the same struggle to eat well and not spend all night doing it. I usually cook four meals a week, with leftovers every other night. I always have easy stand-bys for nights when I just can’t get it together (spaghetti, quesadillas, stir fry). And then we make things during the week we can do together like homemade pizza (you can buy dough from Publix/Whole Foods or buy pre-made dough) so dinner doubles as quality family time. I’m not a pro at frozen dinners, but the cooking every other night takes the pressure off!

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  2. What about a crockpot? They are great! It does all of the cooking for you while your at work. Dinner is ready as soon as you walk in the door. I also make a big meal on Sundays (enough to have leftovers). The leftovers are always dinner on Monday night. I totally agree with you on the eating late. I hate eating dinner late and going to bed with a full stomach. I hope this helps!! 🙂

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  3. I would agree about the crockpot. I’ve seen tons of prepare-and-freeze crockpot recipes on Pinterest. I keep telling myself that I’m going to start dedicating one weekend day to food and prepare everything for the week, but I’ve yet to follow through… I’m not a cook, and I don’t really enjoy it at all. In fact, I don’t really enjoy food either. But we all have to eat, and my husband doesn’t get home until 6:30-7 most nights, so the duty falls on me. I like quick meals. Anything I can make in 30 minutes or less is awesome in my book! I also plan a weekly menu, so I know what I need to thaw that morning. I have been doing a lot of crockpot cooking lately too, but they’re not the frozen, prepared ahead meals. Some of our easy, go-to recipes are: burgers, spaghetti, taco pasta, breakfast sausage bake, ranch chicken tacos (crockpot), ranch pork chops (crockpot, and if you can’t tell, we like ranch…), and BBQ pulled pork (crockpot).

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  4. I like the pizza idea! I actually got some dough a couple months ago, but never followed through with the rest. I forgot to mention my lazy streak…The crockpot definitely gets some good use.

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  5. Hi Shawron, Having kids, working, planning meals and dealing with all the typical family chaos can be a delicate balance. I have employed several strategies through the years. One suggestion I could make that might be worth looking into is once-a-month cooking. You pick one day, get all your prep and basic cooking done and then portion out your meals and freeze until the day you want to serve it. It makes for one long day of cooking, but really saves a lot of time the rest of the month. There are several books out there that make it very easy by giving example menus, listing out all groceries needed based on the menu you choose and tips on preparing. The day you choose to do all the cooking is a good day to go out for dinner :-). A couple of the books I have used in the past include “Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month” and “Once-A-Month Cooking”.

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    1. Thanks! That’s exactly what I need to do.

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