Planning family means can be annoying, time consuming and frankly, quite tedious. You need to make sure that everyone gets the proper nutrients, that your family is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and that most importantly, the meals are delicious. That takes a lot of work and effort. To add to that you are probably tired after work and putting together a fancy dinner may sound exhausting and take out may seem like an easy alternative. We’ve put together some suggestions to make week night dinners easy and fun for everyone.
First things first. Take stock of everything your family likes to eat. Make note of their favourite meals, anyone’s dislikes or allergies. This will make planning meals easier and will prevent meltdowns where someone refuses to eat what is set before them. You will also need to take stock of what is generally easily available in your pantry and what items you regularly pick up from your grocery store. If you plan a menu around items you rarely buy or that you have to go in search of it is unlikely that you will stick to your planned menu.
Create a Plan
Give each night a theme or allocate a favourite meal to a particular day. For instance, you could say that Sunday night is spaghetti and meatballs night or mac and cheese night. Alternatively, if you have seen a pizza oven commercial you may want to consider buying one. It could revolutionize family meals.
As seen in any pizza oven commercial you will now that you can top a pizza with anything – any combination of vegetables or meat and it will only take a short time to be ready. Also, that’s a great way to get kids to eat vegetables that they may otherwise fuss to eat.
Cook on the Weekend
Starting food prep on the weekend is a great idea. You can chop vegetables and fruits and put them away in the fridge for easy use throughout the week. It’ll save time and make cooking faster. Also marinade meats and bake up a large batch of macaroni and cheese or boil extras spaghetti, this too will be life saver on busy days or days you’re running late.
In addition to these simple tips, consider juicing vegetables and either freezing them or keeping a jug in the fridge. You can make yummy combinations like carrot and orange that kids will love. You could also cook a large batch of chicken or vegetable stock over the weekend that you can then use to cook pasta, rice or make soup with throughout the week. Planning meals in this way will save time and make meal times less chaotic.