Activity #21: Cook dinner after dinner

Since becoming a mom, I have been experimenting with many different ways to get dinner on the table with minimal fuss. I was a freakin’ industrial engineer in college and I’ve been a management consultant for over ten years. Why is this still so hard for me?! Apparently during those working-sans-baby years, I was just eating dinner out all the time or having cereal.

Tip for parents: Make dinner after dinner

One suggestion that Alec and I have tried is to make tomorrow’s dinner tonight. That is, after we’ve been fed and little ones are in bed, we are prepare dinner for tomorrow.

We discovered this hack by accident, like when we thought beef stew or lasagna was something we could just throw together in time for tonight and had to eat something (like my old friend cereal) while cooking. The resulting big meal can be eaten the rest of the week.

This post from Adoptive Families offers this brilliant tip to all new parents:

Cook dinner after dinner. No joke. Sunday night, make two dinners and put one in a casserole dish. Monday night, microwave it, and you’re eating five minutes after you get home. After dinner when kids are more calm (and tummies are full), cook up the next night’s meal and save it. I even set the table the night before because that first period of time at home after work is SO hard, having dinner all set is fabulous. – See more at: www.adoptivefamilies.com

Related Posts: Declare crock pot night, Fast healthy side dishes, and What to do with picky eaters.

Have you ever, on purpose, tried to make dinner after dinner? What’s your go-to?

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