Rapid & Easy 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.
The one where you’re running all day long, have to get one kid to soccer practice, another kid to dance, and still another couple of kids to gymnastics? It’s worth it to not have to stress about dinner prep or clean up on a day that is already crazy full.
Use the crockpot. Actually, the crock pot is brilliant. 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 allow them to go all day, shred a roast for simple tacos, or throw the ingredients for your family’s cherished soup therein. Being able to walk in the door, set the table, open a bag of salad and dressing, and put it on plates alongside something warm and yummy from the crock pot makes dinner a snap.
Or, are you one of those people that stops by the store to pick up food every night for dinner? Or runs out of ideas of what to make? If these examples sound like you, you might consider signing up for a meal subscription service like Blue Apron, Gobble, Peachdish or Plated.
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 get ready, and choose one of those once a week.
Turn it into a grill night. Hurling some meat on the grill limits the dishes you use in cooking, cuts down 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 managing to enjoy good food. As individuals, families and friends, eating is a social activity, and is about more than just giving our bodies needed fuel. 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 a great way to learn new cooking procedures, be introduced to new flavors, and invigorate fresh meal ideas when you need a change. If you want to switch things up and expand your family’s palate, we can help you out!