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Five Tips to Avoid the Weeknight Dinner Scramble
:: Meal Plan. My number one tip to avoiding the 5 o’clock dinner scramble is to have a basic plan for the week. It is just a list of what I can make with what I have on-hand. Use a Meal Planner and put it on your refrigerator so you know what you are having!
:: Freeze Extra Meals. I schedule one Kitchen Prep Day per month. This is a time for me to put a few meals into the freezer so I have backups to keep me from going over my budget. These are perfect for those weeknights when soccer practice and dance class keep you out of the kitchen at the dinner hour.
:: Cook Once, Eat Twice. I love “leftover” meals, and I’m not talking about eating the same exact dinner two nights in a row. These are meals in which you cook enough meat for two days, then prepare it a different way on each day. A family favorite is the Roasted Sticky Chicken that turns into Chicken Enchiladas on the second day.
Check out my Recipe Box page for ideas on extending your “leftovers”.
:: Take Inventory. Take stock of what you have on hand, like meats, vegetables and dairy. It’s nice to pick up fresh broccoli and sweet potatoes when they’re on sale, but you’re not saving any money when they spoil and you end up throwing them away. Sites like SuperCook and AllRecipes suggest recipes based on what you have in the house.
:: Get Inspiration. I like to search online recipe sites, but then some days I like to get inspired by what other people are cooking. My Weekly Meal Plan or What’s for Dinner Tonight posts help to see what other moms are cooking, and many times I make the same meals. You can even download a free menu planner on the FREE Downloads page.
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