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Beat the dinner rush! Here is a break down of stress-free meal time

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.

For more recipes and ideas from Wendy, follow her on Instagram at @TheRealWendyPaul, or visit www.wendypaulcreations.com.



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?


Wendy’s Tips

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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