Getting a healthy, delicious dinner
on the table each night is the Holy Grail of working parents. Our four simple
tips help answer the nightly "what's for dinner?" question.
Greatest Hits: Do yourself a favor and commit to a weeknight
rotation of four to six basic recipes that can be easily assembled and altered
for variety. Roast chicken is simple; dress it up with an array of sides. Ditto
grilled lean meats and fish. Chopped salads are also easy; just vary the
ingredients for a fresh take. Shop on Saturday, prep foods Sunday (chopping
veggies for the week or roasting a chicken for use in weeknight meals) and keep
a running grocery list during the week so you can fill pantry holes during next
Chefs: Turn meal-planning
over to your teens once a week. In My
Sons, The Sous-Chefs, NYT reporter Leslie Kaufman recounts how
with some prep work (i.e. providing basic kitchen training and guidance on
recipe selection) she was able to outsource two meals a week to her teen sons.
Even tweens can help pitch in; have them assemble ingredients, defrost meats
and prepared foods, make a simple salad and set the table so you save time each
Prep Work: Who has time to plan in advance? You do that's who. Take
an hour each week to plan meals, grocery shop online and prep the basics (chopping,
roasting) over the weekend. An ounce of preparation
is worth a pound of take-out. You will be amazed at how small investments of
pre-planning yield delicious meals. For menu ideas read, Easy Weeknight Dinners.
Fake It: Who says dinner needs to be made from scratch? Savvy
weeknight chefs rely on pre-made and store-bought ingredients to get dinner
from to-do to done. Read Fake-It, Don't Make it: 25 Recipes to see how simple short-cuts can put dishes
like chicken tostadas and fish tacos on your dinner table quickly and easily.
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