Tips For Organizing Last Minute Meals
If you've had a bad day all day long and traffic coming home was a disaster too, when you finally do get home the first thing you hear is "What's for dinner?" You're drained from your day and that's the last thing you want to hear. These days' funds are tight and calling for a pizza may simply not be possible. Now you've got a hungry husband and clamoring kids to feed, and quick!
You go to the kitchen and while you want to just cry, you search the cabinets for something easy to fix and that can be on the table fast. Here's where a little creativity is a very handy thing to have. A little meat of practically any kind, pasta and some kind of sauce is all you need. A little fruit is a kicker. With this in mind, the next time you go to the grocery store you can pick up a few simple things to keep in the back of the cabinet for next time.
Make a meal from ground beef and beef flavored quick cooking rice to fill a family of four. The pasta sides in a packet and a couple of pieces of chicken will make a meal in a few short minutes. A box mix of macaroni and cheese can be turned into a cheesy tuna casserole and any pasta noodles along with a jar of meat flavored pasta sauce will turn into a fast supper for the family.
Now these ideas will pull you out in a pinch but they may not be the healthiest choices to make. If it's possible, add fruits and vegetables when ever you can. Frozen or canned fruits and vegetables aren't as good as fresh ones, but they are better than none at all. Of course you want to provide your family with the best possible dinner, but in a pinch practically anything will do.
So, the next time you hit the super market, be sure to pick up a few of these time savers for the next disaster day you have. Unfortunately these days happen to all of us and the best you can hope for is to be prepared. Some of these ideas are so easy that even a teenager or your husband can do it!
You can even make kitchen clean up go much faster by cleaning while you're cooking. Instead of watching a pot until it boils, set the table. Instead of standing around waiting for something in the oven, wash the pots and pans that are dirty so far. Make crock pot casseroles whenever possible so you'll have fewer dishes to do when dinner is over. Slow cooker recipes are great because of the time saving factor. Incorporate your family's help after dinner so you can get out of the kitchen faster. Even the youngest family members can help you out.
So try to be prepared for a last minute meal by keeping something in the back of the cabinet just for that purpose. Encourage your family to help when ever possible, and make the very best of the time you spend in the kitchen by multi-tasking to get it all over with as quickly as possible. Sticking to this plan will allow you enough time to soak in a nice warm bubble bath before you hit the bed!