who know me are always asking me "how do you do it". What they mean is how do I have a hot dinner ready when my kids get home.
So I decided I will start posting some of my tips and tricks. I am home a lot so I am able to start cooking early. My biggest obsticale is that my round trip to school and back (in the afternoon) can be 1-2 hours. Many of us have an afternoon shuffle. So hopefully some of these ideas will help you.
I start prepping at in the afternoon. sometimes earlier each day. Planning out what I want to make can sometimes be the hardest.
Your hard working friends that you need are crockpots. I use more than one often times. Rice cooker. And timed oven cycle. If I am putting something in the oven I know the timer will turn it off and with the oven door staying shut my food will still be warm when I get home.
If you work you can definitely put crock pots to good use. And you can prep food a head of time and have it ready to cook when you walk through the door. I do prep a lot of veggies and have in the skillet in the frig. So it only takes 5 to 10 mins to get that last side done.
The reason I do this is a a couple of reasons. We try to eat as much fresh and homemade food as possible. The other reason, one kid that if he snacks has lost his appetite for dinner. So our goal is to have dinner when they are hungry, right when they get home.
I hope this helps you. I will start posting some more specific tips. Let me know what you think.