Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stress free dinner zone

Every mother has those days when dinner is a nail biter. What to prepare?  Trying to prepare a stress free dinner zone is attainable. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting hungry kids from school and not knowing what you’re preparing for dinner. It’s very possible to have delicious, healthy meals prepared in minutes if you’re organized.

Getting organized and prepping dinner for the week is a sure way to avoid dinner woes. Plan meals one week ahead and after purveying your pantry, purchase items needed for dinner during the week. This is also a great way to include your family in the planning process. Let your kids choose a meal they would love to have during the week.  Pre planning eliminates the stress of the week and makes a smooth dinner experience.

For the mum who might be challenged in preparing a weekly menu, Rachael Ray has a great guide. She has a weekly menu and a shopping list that makes life a little easier for busy mums. Food Network Quick-Fix Meals has a weekly menu and shopping list also. You don’t need to follow these menus completely; use them as a base and/or guide and develop a menu your family would enjoy.

Feel free to include take out and prepared foods in your weekly menu. The idea is to know what will be served when. Be careful, though; check sodium levels on pre packaged meals. Also, if take out is a must, try to minimize to 1 or 2 days per week. You and your family would enjoy a more relaxed dinner when you’re organized. Bon appetit!

1 comment:

  1. shoooT! my Trini husband and HIS mother all me Queen of the Fast Cook! At first, I was offended by the moniker, but I have learned to embrace it. I can make delicious meals in 15 minutes. That is an art and skill not to be ashamed of! LOL!