You may not be a host on the Food Network, but that doesn't mean you aren't capable of whipping up a delectable meal for your family. Test out some of these tips and see if they don't aid in the process of getting dinner on the table.
We've all been there. The kids are screaming you are tired from a long day, and the last thing you want to do is make something to eat. Running to get take-out is tempting, but there are much healthier and cheaper options out there. With a little creativity and some organization, dinner can go from "chaotic" to "calm" in no time.
Some prefer to plan meals weekly, others have mastered a 6-week rotation complete with shopping lists. Whatever system you prefer, just make sure that it happens. Planning is crucial to making mealtime work in a pinch.
Assign a "theme" to each night
For example, Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Whatever's leftover Wednesday, Throw-it-in-the-crock-pot Thursday, Fun Food Friday, etc. Get as creative as you want. Identify which types of meals your family likes and go from there.
Cook before mealtime
By the time dinnertime rolls around, I've usually got a cranky bunch. By doing most (or all) of my prep work beforehand (during naps, in the morning, after kids are in bed) the stress level in our home significantly decreases. It's a win-win for everyone.
Pretty soon, you'll realize that those moments of being in a "pinch" at dinnertime are things of the past. Who knows, you may even discover that you've got a passion for cooking and become a gourmet chef.