Most of the time, I have a pretty good handle on getting food ready by the time dinner rolls around. Other times, it’s boxed mac-n-cheese because I know it cooks between 8-10 minutes, and that’s about all the time I have to spare. Praise the lords for quick cookin’ noodles!
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feed my kids mac-n-cheese for dinner every night. It’s more like an every other night kind of thing. 😉 I do try to pump my kids full of nutrition every day, and I’d hook ’em up to a vitamin D and protein IV if I could because let’s be real; they’re pickier than The Bachelorette trying to choose a man.
That’s beside the point, though. Back to dinner.
The evening monster, if you will.
Sometimes it feels impossible to cook every single night, and you know what? There really are days when things come up that do make it impossible. No amount of planning can plan the unplanned even if it was previously planned. 🤔 On those nights, just order the pizza or takeout. Call it a loss and move on. No big deal.
But on all of the other nights, use the tips below to easily get that food on da table!
Have a din-din menu for the week.
Every week before grocery shopping, write down what your dinners are going to be for the next 7 days. This not only takes the guesswork out of the question, “What’s for dinner?” but it also saves $$$, AND makes grocery shopping so much easier since you’re only buying what you need. No more, no less.
Forget about those last minute runs to the grocery store because you need one slice of bread for the meatloaf, or you forgot a can of beans for your award winnin’ chili.
Those days are gone. History. Finished forevs.
Utilize that slow cooker.
Whoever invented the slow cooker is SUCH a blessing to moms everywhere! Especially lazy ones like mua.
For busy days, find one of your go-to slow cooker recipes, put all of the ingredients into the pot, and set it to low for 6 to 8 hours. In the meantime, do whatever the heck you want! You’ll have a delicious, home-cooked meal by dinnertime that you literally took 3 minutes to prep.
OR! To make your week really easy, do the next tip and…
Meal prep it up!
Prep crockpot dinners on a lazy Sunday afternoon, put them in bags, then freeze them. Carrie over at Eating on a Dime makes 10 different freezer meals in under an hour!!! Wha?!? Check out how she does it here.
Looking for vegetarian options? New Leaf Wellness has 5 vegetarian freezer meals done in 50 minutes! That’s like… 🤔 …10 minutes a meal! Math has never really been my forte.
Assign theme nights.
Coming up with dinners for every day can be difficult, but when you assign each night with a theme (Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday) it becomes much easier. This one also makes dinnertime more fun for the kiddos! Maybe they’ll finally eat more.
Only make easy meals.
Forget about all those long-winded, 50 ingredient recipes. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Think quick, minimal ingredient meals from here on out.
And there they are! These dinna tips will simplify your life, and will also allow you to get healthy food on the table with ease every gosh darn day!
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Until next time,