5 Week Night Hacks to Make Meal Times Easier
15 Jul 2021
Everyone wants to make sure that their family eats well, but weeknights are always a challenge. Between school runs, after school clubs, and friends that need to be met for quick catch up, we find ourselves stressing at dinner. So, with this in mind, here are some weeknight ideas to help your evening meal go smoothly.
This is a dirty phrase to some parents but hear us out. Making every meal from scratch is exhausting and unnecessary, especially when you are already stressed to the limit. There is no reason why you can’t use frozen food to help you out. And there are endless options, from frozen Asian food to fish sticks. There are plenty of things you can stick in the freezer and can add to a quick side. The best thing is, most of this foods can be cooked from frozen in around 30 minutes, so you don’t have to wait long for a meal.
What sort of food do you like? Maybe you want your family to eat more vegetables, or maybe you have a pasta craving. Whatever your favourites are, you can add them to your frozen option to create a complete meal. A salad is a quick option which can be spiced up with dressings and oils. What you choose to add to your salad is up to you and limited by your imagination. This is your chance to try out some new vegetables to dress up your plate.
If you make a big meal on a Sunday night, you might have leftover food that could go to waste. Instead of scraping it into the bin or the dog’s dish, store it in some airtight container and use them during the week for a quick dinner option. You could even store them in the freezer to ensure you get even longer out of them. Any leftovers can normally be stored in the fridge for around three or four days.
One pan cooking
How would you like to save some time cooking and on the washing up? One pan cooking has become one of the best ideas for cooking a family meal in recent years. The concept of creating a meal with all of the trimmings with minimal effort has been a saviour to many busy parents. This style of cooking has spawned a new cookbook genre and doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon.
Don’t make Dinner
Making dinner is a challenge, so let’s not make dinner anymore. If your kids have an option for a hot school dinner, they are getting a large meal in the middle of the day. So why not switch things up? Instead of having the big meal of the day in the evening when everyone is in a rush or stressed, have it in the afternoon. For dinner, serve lunch instead. Sandwiches are quick and easy to make. Having a lighter meal in the evening can be better for you as a heavy meal can disrupt your sleep.