Getting Dinner Ready in a Flash

With a three year old and a 9 month old in the house, it is a wonder I get dinner on the table at all. As a rule, we always try to eat together as a family. Therefore, it is important for me to think smart and be smart in order to make dinner quickly so we can all sit down before one of the kids has a meltdown.

That said, I have these tips to share for feeding the herd in a hurry:

1. Have a plan. Meal planning is mandatory once you have kids. If you don’t set aside time to figure out what you’ll serve for dinner by the time Monday morning rolls around, you may as well throw in the towel and serve what’s in the freezer for the whole week. Don’t get me wrong, I have been guilty of not planning ahead and serving up my son’s stash of chicken nuggets and hot dogs. What I do is take 30 minutes on Sunday night and grab the circulars from the paper and sit down and make a list of the stuff I will make that week.

2. Think BIG meals. Why waste time just making dinner for the amount of people in your household? Double the portions for leftovers– or better yet– makeovers. Chicken cutlets one night become chicken chow mein (or lo mein) the next. Better yet, making a double (or triple) portion of protein takes the same amount of time it takes to cook up just one.

3. Don’t do elaborate. Save the chicken cocovan or oysters rockefeller to the experts (or for a “date” night). My rule for this tip is to try to keep the number of ingredients per meal to six. This may seem difficult, but really, the fewer ingredients, the simpler the meals are to make. And, of course, reduces your shopping time.

Do you have any tips for making quick meals? Add them in the comments. And don’t forget to click here for your chance to win a Samsung refrigerator. Really!

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