Is it just me? Or do you struggle daily with dinner time? I know it occurs on a daily basis and has since I was child, so you would think I would be prepared. When I wake up in the morning, I have good intentions to prepare a healthy, hardy meal for my family (with minimal stress for me!), but each night around 5 o’clock I stand helplessly in the fridge praying for an idea.
Here are 3 solutions to help solve your ‘What’s for Dinner’ problem!
1.. Cook it once, eat all week! – This method requires spending one large chunk of time in the kitchen preparing a weeks worth of meals. It usually consists of a concise shopping list and a 2-3 hours time frame.
ADV– This is a great solution for families with two working parents and very busy extra curricular schedules. It takes the guess work out of what to cook and requires only a few minutes of reheating time. If done right, this can also save money on your grocery bills because you are only buying and using the foods you require. There is less waste and over purchasing.
DIS – I would love to be one of those people who can spend 2-3 hour on the weekend, preparing an entire weeks worth of meals, but alas, I don’t have the attention span or the time! I like variety and too often I find weekly meal plans consist of the same foods displayed in slightly different variations.
2.. Meal Planning – This method involves sitting down at the beginning of the month and planning what meal will be cooked on which day. This is a great way to plan quick meals on sport nights and longer meals when there is more time available.
ADV – No guessing “What’s for dinner?” because it is written on the calendar. Everyone knows what to expect (and when to try to have dinner at a friends!). It helps keep shopping budgets down because again you are purchasing only what you need. You can plan out your meals ensuring that you have a wide variety to keep dinner interesting.
DIS – Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Maybe you get stuck in traffic, have to stay late at work or planned a big meal and no one will be home to eat it. This can throw a real kink in the schedule.
3.. Crock-pot – This method involves preping your food in the morning and letting it cook all day when you are at work. It can range in anything from soups to stews to casseroles to 1 pot dinners.
ADV – It is prepared in advance so you don’t have to worry as that dread hour comes along. You can make it when your fresh in the morning and eat it when you are exhausted at night. There are a ton of different recipes and ways to use your crock pot so the options are endless.
DIS – You need to have to be prepared! This takes a bit of planning (either the night before or morning of).
I’ve owned a Crock-pot for years, but my lack of ability to plan ahead and my early mornings have prevented me from using it. My DH used it this past week to help make dinner time (when he was at work!) a lot easier between extracurricular activities. This is the recipe he whipped up!
Creamy Chicken and Noodles
1 lbs of Chicken Breast
1 container of Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese
1 container of Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp of Italian seasoning
1 pkg of Gluten free pasta
- Cut chicken in to one inch cubes.
- Mix yogurt, cream cheese and spices in a bowl until well combined.
- Combine sauce with chicken add to crock pot
- Cook over low for 4 hours. Last hour keep a eye on it for it will burn easily.