Right now I’ve got a pretty full plate (pun intended): mom, wife, teacher, student… I’ve had to get creative with how we do dinners since my husband doesn’t know how to cook (something I’m working on and will share another time.)
With three of my nights taken up with classes, I’ve started making quick, easy, make-ahead dinners to save time and sanity.
Whether you’re going back to school like I am, a working mom, or just stressed out from all the stuff you have to do at home, getting dinner ready in the moment can be a hassle. I’ve found that weekday-me really appreciates weekend-me getting stuff ready ahead of time, so easy, make-ahead dinners are a must for us. We’re a family of three, including a growing 7 year-old black hole and a manly man who works outside all day, so these recipes feed about 4-5 normal people or, you know, the 3 of us.
Here’s my list of go-to make-ahead dinners that are heated up and devoured by the family when mom’s not home (or just up to her eyeballs in other stuff to do.)
*We’re not a meat/dairy/gluten free household, but you can substitute in alternatives if you need to, like marinara sauce for the Alfredo, mushrooms or tofu for the chicken, and so on.
[yumprint-recipe id=’8′][yumprint-recipe id=’9′][yumprint-recipe id=’10’][yumprint-recipe id=’11’] I know none of these recipes are earth shattering, but I hope I’ve helped all you crazy busy moms out there see that just because dinner needs to be done in a rush or even heated up by someone else, doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious and even fancy at times. It’s all about balance and planning– something that makes my life a whole lot easier.