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Enjoy These 6 Surefire Menu Planning Tips For Busy Moms

By Edited Apr 20, 2014 4 5

Dinner Meal Ideas

Dinner is the last meal of the day and a time when families could get together and talk about their day. It's also a fast meal for busy mothers who're just finishing work or who've been busy with other routines throughout the day. If you're a busy mother or you know a busy mother, listed below are some menu organizing ideas to make dinner meals simple and easy.

1. Plan your meals one week upfront. This is among the most crucial planning tips and ideas for daily meals. Being aware of what you will eat through the entire week means less chance that you'll stop off at the nearest junk food joint for an easy, but unhealthy meal. Choose the last day of the previous week to decide on what the menu is going to be for the next week. Take your grocery list with you when yo go shopping to avoid purchasing things that you will not need at the supermarket.

2. Search for offers and good deals like clip discount coupons. Go through advertising circulars to decide where the best grocery is to shop from. If one item is a common denominator in several meals, then you should buy in big amounts to save cash. Popular food staples like milk, eggs, bread and sugar are available at large quantities too. Several retailers would have double or triple coupon days when you could save a lot more.

3. Do some research online. After some time your family would get tired of poultry and rice every Thursday. Make use of the web to look for fresh and exciting recipes. Learn how to put a twist on classic recipes for a brand new taste.

4. After planning some meals for 5 or 6 days, you might find some excess food. You can give this food to poor people and those who might need it.

5. Cook your meals upfront. After choosing a menu plan for the week, go on and fix as many meals as possible. Pick out a day when the whole family could help like weekend morning or Sunday afternoon. Every person could take one meal and fix it for the next week. Once all things have cooled, keep them in closed containers or casserole plates to be frozen till the night they are needed.

6. Do prep work beforehand. You can't cook all meals at the same time. Several foods just may taste better if they are recently prepared. Work with your children to cut veggies, dice prepared meat and blend dry components together. At the night of the meal, you will only add the wet ingredients and bake.

Meal time does not need to be all on mum. The whole family could help with dinner so it could be a great meal for everyone.

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Comments

Aug 20, 2011 6:00pm
Deborah-Diane
Great, time-saving dinner ideas. When my kids were growing up, I often prepared several days food at a time!
Sep 19, 2011 12:28am
TheOne
I am not a Mom but i do most of the cooking. I will put the info to use.
thanks
Sep 19, 2011 2:07pm
homebaseincome
Good article. Yes, prep work before hand makes it so much easier and faster to cook a meal up. I like your picture too. Very nice.
Sep 20, 2011 8:00am
intellifax175
Great info...I really like the idea of planing out my meals a week at a time. Thanks.
Sep 25, 2011 1:29pm
danmont
I always try to plan my meals a week in advanced but it is really difficult to keep track, at least in my case.
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