• S
  • a month ago

Weeknight dinners, need ideas

I’m stressing about returning to work from maternity leave. Evenings are going to be crazy. I have a 45 minute commute and won’t get home until almost 6pm, and bedtime routine for my 4 year old and a 3 month old starts at 7:15. Any advice for meal planning and dinners? Recipes to share? Should I get an Instant Pot? I grocery shop every Sunday based on the meals I plan one week at a time, but I need a plan for meals that can be ready easier/faster. My husband will get home with the kids around 5 and can start something or preheat the oven, but he’ll have his hands full until I get home. Thanks for your advice, moms!
  • M
  • Colton, United States
  • a day ago

I like to marinate my chicken in zip lock bags. A go to is lemons and oranges salt and pepper. Have your husband preheat the oven and line the glass Pyrex with foil (for easy clean up) bake in the oven depending if it’s bone in or out (google knows) My kids really like when I marinate the chicken in Bobs Big Boy ranch or the blue cheese dressing and cover it in panko or bead crumbs and stick that in the oven with Brussel sprouts (they soak up the flavor) I do a lot of crockpot cooking too. I cook big batches of spaghetti sauce and freeze it in zip lock bags and use as needed too.

  • J
  • Louisville, United States
  • 11 days ago

Instant pots are seriously amazing. Especially when you still have a small babe and more than one kid! There are so many recipes online that are quick and nutritious with only a few ingredients. Your husband probably would be able to toss something in when he gets home (stick baby in a chest carrier and have older kid help get out ingredients) and it would be ready by the time you get home.

  • G
  • Hillsboro, United States
  • 14 days ago

I grocery shop twice a month (besides running for small things we use constantly like milk) I plan weeks ahead, and make lists off that. I love freezer, crockpot, one pan, one pot meals. Prep ahead and easy, and meals I can make under 20/30 minutes. I have tons of recipes and ideas. I’m a SAHM of 2 busy boys who’s husband travels a lot for work. We don’t have family or friends nearby. There are times where he is gone for weeks on end and I’ve learned a lot at planning and even having extra meals on hand for those crazy “oh snap I forgot” days or easy ones my husband can do by just tossing it in and setting a timer. Message me if you like some ideas or tips!

  • K
  • Elgin, United States
  • 21 days ago

I’d definitely prep Sunday’s, too. I double/quadruple anything I can freeze and portion it into family sized packages. Then you can pull one or two bags out of the freezer the night before to thaw in the fridge and heat up at supper time. Examples: 1. Make 2 pans of enchiladas or shepherds pie-one pan for the freezer and one to bake and eat now. 2. Make a ton of bbq pork and portion it into baggies to pull out whenever. Cut up chicken and put into bags with marinade to stir fry later-freeze bags of blanched veggies to go with. This can be done with so many things.

  • J
  • Berwyn Heights, United States
  • 22 days ago

One pan meals, put chicken (breasts, tenders, etc) and broccoli (or other veg) on foil lined pan, add olive oil, salt and pepper and any other seasoning, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Make some 5 minute cous cous on the stove top (the boxed Near east brand) and you are all set. Works for pork chops as well. There are other ways to mix it up to, adding Mediterranean style vegs. Google one sheet pan meals. It’s quick and easy to make and clean and has been a godsend for weekday meals at our house.

  • S
  • 22 days ago

Agree! I have a ton of one pan meals pinned, I need to start doing that again.

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