It’s 6pm, you’ve just arrived home. The kids are tired and hungry and it’s just dawned on you that you have no clue what to make for dinner. Dominos deliver – that seems like a good option.
But in reality Dominos is full of crap, won’t fill you up and will end up costing more money in the long run, as your family will need to eat more food to satisfy their hunger.
So here are my top 3 tips for avoiding the stress of evening takeaway blues….
Cook meals ahead of time. I know it sounds obvious – but here’s a plan to help. Pick a day where you can set aside 3 hours to do the cooking. It doesn’t have to be the weekend, just pick a day that suits you. Choose meals that are easy to freeze and reheat – things like meat and veg or pastas like spaghetti bolognaise or lasagne. If you have teenagers like me ask (aka force, if they’re like mine) to be involved. They’ll learn a valuable life skill and it will get them off the screen for a good chunk of the day. Be CONSISTENT with them on this. Get the kids involved with recipe selection too – it will help them connect with the process and drop their guard.
You can choose to freeze the meals in large containers or reusable smaller ones. I personally use BPA free Chinese takeaway style containers to freeze my left over lunches for the week ahead. I always have left overs from the Dinner Sorted meal kits and this has made a BIG difference in my budget, stress levels AND waist line (more on that in another post).
When you need your meals simply remove from the freezer on the day and heat up as you like. I prefer stove top or oven – but time is of the essence here so go for a microwave if that is your heating weapon of choice.
Have food available that you can easily whip into something and have your ‘signature’ recipes that you can make without evening thinking. My go to is always a meat/seafood and veg ( or salad depending on the season). I always have frozen salmon fillets in the freezer and a few veggies on hand. Chicken breasts are a staple in our fridge too as they can be added to a quick stir fry or used in a pasta dish to boost the protein content.
Use a meal kit service like Dinner Sorted. I’m a single mum with 3 children and I can honestly say this product has changed my life. One of the things I value most in life is my freedom and time. And I do NOT enjoy meal planning and shopping for the groceries. I find it is such a waste of my time. I would rather be doing other things that bring me joy. I still get to cook the meals ( which I like ) and my two teenage girls are learning a new skill in a much easier way than if I had to show them. That is a huge bonus in a time where I find it harder to get them away from their screens.
As you can see the key with all these tips is consistency and planning ahead. Time is our most valuable currency – it’s the only one you can’t get back. Make sure you spend it doing the things that bring you joy.
Bibi Lafleur is a single mum of three who has been getting Dinner Sorted for over 6 months and says it has made her life so much easier. She is also working on her new venture and has found that not having to meal plan or shop for ingredients has given her more time to work on her business and spend quality time with her children. Bibi also loves the variety of healthy food her children are eating each week and still feels like a hero in the kitchen as she still has to cook the meals. Which gives her great satisfaction. Especially when the kids say “Mum this looks like Master Chef”