As a mom of five boys, life gets super busy. If I do not have a plan, come six o’clock in the evening my children are looking at me asking over and over again what’s for dinner?
When my twins were born in 2006, I had to do something to make dinner time easier. A few of the ways I did this was by meal planning and crockpot cooking as much as possible and incorporating as many easy recipes I could find into my recipe rotation.
If you feel lost come dinner time each night, I have some tips that can help take the stress away and get dinner on the table easily- especially during the busy school year. These tips will also keep you out of the drive-thru lines and save money on your families bottom line.
Tips for Getting Dinner on the Table
- Develop a recipe criteria. This is a list of the things that make a recipe appealing to you. Go ahead and write these things down. For me I want easy recipes that are quick to prepare and have short ingredient lists. If it is a meal that can be prepared in the crockpot, that is even more appealing to me.
- Once you have a list of the things that make a recipe appealing to you, compile a list of recipes that meet that criteria. Search blogs, thumb through cookbooks, ask friends for their favorites and consider the recipes your family already loves. If you can come up with a list of 21 recipes, you will have three weeks worth of meal ideas and not duplicate a meal once. Here are the 21 easy recipes I make at my house on a regular basis.
- Make a grocery list of the ingredients you will need in order to prepare the meals you plan to make. I suggest taking one week at a time. The easier this is for you, the more likely you are to stick to it. After-all, how easy will dinner be if you are not prepared with ingredients on hand?
- Write out your meal plan each week and post it. You can get fancy and crafty with your meal plan and make a pretty menu board to post in your kitchen, or be thrifty and write it on a sheet of notebook paper and attach it to your refrigerator door, or create a blog post capturing your meal plan so you can share it with other mom’s. By posting your meal plan, you know what you are up against each day and you will always know what is for dinner. And so will your family.
Easy Crockpot Recipes
All of these easy recipes are listed on my site with step by step directions (photos included) and simple printable options. Super simple is how I describe many of the recipes. And they are all tasty!
- Crockpot Sloppy Joes
- Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Crockpot BBQ Chicken
- Crockpot Ravioli
- Crockpot Lemon Chicken
Crystal is the author of Crystal & Co., a mommy resource site. She shares easy recipes, crafty tutorials, coupon resources, ways to be thrifty as well as awesome birthday party ideas. If you are looking for solutions and resources, her site is one you will want to check out. She also hosts a weekly mommy resource linky where you can share blog posts that offer solutions for mom’s.