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5 Tips for Quick Weeknight Dinners

You don’t have to be a busy parent to want dinner on the table ASAP at the end of the day. With having only a short window of time to get home, get settled and get dinner on the table, I’ve picked up these 5 strategies to help me through crunch time.

1. Use your freezer You have one, it’s free, use it. Think of meals that can be made in large batches such as soups, sauces, stews and meatloaf, meatballs and breaded chicken cutlets. Keep frozen vegetables for a quick side. It’s also good to have a few kids meals on hand for the nights they don’t want what you’re eating or you want to order in.

2. Make a meal plan Whether it’s for a few days or the entire week, meal plans will help you streamline your shopping and reduce time in the store. Consider a food delivery service such as Fresh Direct and shop anytime you have a few minutes.

3. Reduce dinner prep time Cut and prep your veggies on Sunday or if you’re using carrots one night and you need them later in the week cut them all at once (another benefit to a meal plan!). Most cooked grains also keep well for up to one week. I’ve found that having Monday’s dinner prepped on Sunday is very stress reducing!

4. Buy a slow cooker This may require prep time the night before, but nothing beats a ready-to-serve dinner when you walk in the door. Dinner doesn’t get much easier than these 3 Ingredient Tacos.

5. Keep a well-stocked pantry and freezer Have basics such as pasta, rice, beans, lentils, tomato sauce and veggies at the ready so you can always cook up a simple dinner.
What are some of your tips for quick weeknight dinners?

Recipe of the Week: Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potatoes

Whether you’re looking for the perfect chili to please everyone for the big game or warm up during the blizzard, you can’t go wrong with this vegetarian chili. It doesn’t get much easier than putting everything in the slow-cooker, hitting “on” and enjoying the day knowing dinner is on it’s way. We topped our chili with avocado, sour cream, shredded cheddar, scallions and tortilla chips, but I would love to hear about your more creative topping combinations! The recipe is from Real Simple and the only addition was a little dried cilantro.chili toppings