Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Getting dinner ready on time
I've been making a concentrated effort to have dinner ready on time each evening. And it really does have to be a concentrated effort, with the many interruptions of small children underfoot! :)
A few tips that help me prepare a timely dinner:
Plan to have all the food finished at least 5-10 minutes before the set time to eat. The food will still be hot if it's done 10 minutes early!
Clear, wash, and set the table early, as well. I have had many evenings where I did "my part" of preparing the entire meal on time but then it took 5 minutes to clear the table of clutter, 5 minutes to set it, and 5 more minutes to gather everyone up... :)
And for the task of clearing and setting the table -- utilize any helpers available! Having boys old enough to do these tasks (with guidance) is such a blessing and really helps speed things along! :)
If you have little children in your home to help, make them wash their hands before helping set the table -- and then they'll be already washed for dinner! (Well, unless you have them set the table 30 minutes early... then they'll probably need their hands washed again!)
Plan simpler meals. Do some freezer cooking and use it to take a night (or more) off from cooking each week! For larger scale freezer cooking (or once-a-month cooking) check out Crystal's blog.
We do like some frozen casseroles, but what I really like is having parts of meals prepared in the freezer -- like fully cooked leftover chicken, ground beef, or beans (prepared from dried). Making a big batch and freezing smaller portions really saves on prep time later! :)
Do any of you have tips to add on this topic? I'd love to hear how you streamline or simplify getting dinner on the table! :)
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