The dinner rush doesn’t have to be stressful.
Beating the 6 o’clock dinner rush is all about planning ahead!
Wendy Paul shares her tips for staying on top of the rush to ensure a meal gets on the table come dinnertime.
The Dinner Clock
- 8:30 am: Start your crock pot dinner.
- 12:00 pm Make your casserole so they’re ready to bake at 5:00 pm.
- 4:00 pm Set the table, assignments for kids. ex: grate cheese, shred lettuce, make the salad.
- 5:00 pm Pop that casserole in the oven.
- 6:00 pm Eat dinner together.
- 6:30 pm Assign help for dishes & cleanup. It’s not just your job mama, have each child assigned a day to help you- even husbands. Have a conversation, ask questions about their day, teach kids how to clean. Spend time with them.
- 7:00 pm Look at the calendar for tomorrow. What are you going to make for dinner? What do you have time for? What’s on your menu?
- Monday mornings are her favorite! Wake up before the family. Mondays can be meal prep days. Cook your protein for the week: grill all your chicken, brown your ground turkey, season. Save half for later- freeze it for taco night. Always have freezer bags on hand.
- Plan your dinner menus: pick your favorites- eat them often. Most times you know these recipes by heart. Have ingredients stocked up for easy access and prep.
- Use your pantry or garden! Harvest tomatoes and make lots roasted marinara. Pick the basil & make fresh pesto. Use a can of shredded beef and make a quick hot sandwich.