Sharing Advice: 3 Tips to Getting Dinner Done (On-Time.)

October 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

I saw this topic on a different blog while browsing tags, and it seems to be a popular one.  I posted my tips in the comment section of the first one, and I’ll copy them below.   Getting dinner on the table on time with kids running around (or even not) can be difficult for anyone, so knowing what other people are doing and collecting tips can be a great help.  Here are my three tips:

1. Keep it simple. I consider this one to be a biggie.  It’s good to keep a couple staple items always in the house that can be used with any kind of vegetable or meat to make a good meal.  For me, I always try to keep the ingredients to a spaghetti sauce or Thai curry on hand (ie: rice, pasta, canned tomatoes, red curry paste, coconut milk, and fish sauce.  Because I can put anything in these sauces and it’ll still taste good.)

2. Prep ahead of time. Chop some veggies when you can and toss them in a bowl with some water and a drop of lemon juice. It’ll keep in the fridge for a couple of days and you can grab handfuls and toss them in with whatever your cooking when needed. This works great with carrots, peppers, string beans, you name it. Saves 15-20 minutes chopping.  I also put them in the kids lunches sometimes.

3. If it can be made in advance, froze, and re-heated, do it.  Sauces and soups are best, imo.

What tips do you have to share?

-Ariel

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