I am starting a job that I will get off later how do I have a good hot supper on the table?

Penelope - posted on 08/19/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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We don't want to eat out I would rather have a good meal at home

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Keisha - posted on 08/19/2010

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Do you have a crock pot? If not, its a good investment. You'd be shocked at how many things and meals you can prepare in a crock pot. Slow cooked: beef, chicken, soups, stews etc. If you cook things on low some of them take like 8 hours or more, which is about the time you would spend away from the house. You can find many slow cook and crockpot reciepes online. I hope this helps! =)

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Kim - posted on 08/21/2010

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Sometimes I cook dinner for the next night while getting dinner for my family. Then you can just heat it up when you get home.

Penelope - posted on 08/20/2010

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I want to thank everyone for your good advice it will really help me a lot.

Alison - posted on 08/20/2010

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I have a crock pot with a timer on it (although there is no delay). You can make the yummiest meals in there. Supper can be ready for your family even if you are home late!



I also do a lot of pre-cooking. I prepare my supper the night before, then heat it in the microwave. It's not as great as fresh from the oven, but it still beats frozen pizza!

Vicki - posted on 08/20/2010

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I buy larger packages of ground chuck, boneless/skinless chicken breasts (or, bone-in, skin-on, as they're cheaper). Brown the ground chuck and divide it into 1 lb. packages. Store in the freezer for quick meals like tacos, adding to spaghetti sauce, casseroles, sloppy joes, etc. Cook the chicken breasts and dice; store in 2-cup portions in freezer bags for soups, casseroles, salads, etc.

We are a very busy family, but I think family meals are important - so we try hard to eat together. If that doesn't work, my husband will eat with the child that's home, and I'll wait to eat until the other returns from practice, or wherever.

Another thing is do is called planned overs - I try to cook a large meal on Sunday evenings, with enough leftover for another night. Helps a lot with sports schedules, school events, and my crazy job in the newspaper business.

Crockpots are awesome! So is cooking ahead and freezing. Sometimes I throw a casserole together in the morning before I leave and leave instructions for the family to get it in the oven when I'm leaving the office. That way, when I get home, I can toss a salad, dice some fruit and we're ready to eat.

Hope this helps!

Megan - posted on 08/19/2010

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Well the just of it is making meals earlier to warm up later, using a crock pot, buy prepared meals for lazydays or making the hubby cook (Warning dont let your husband cook without a cookbook if he doesnt cook )

Mae - posted on 08/19/2010

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Crock pot or slow cooker the best 15 bucks ever you put the stuff in before you leave and let it cook while your at work

Aliska - posted on 08/19/2010

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Do you have a freezer? If not, can you afford to get one? If you have a freezer have a cooking day on the weekend and put meal-size tubs in the freezer. Take them out before work to defrost and heat when you get home. Lots of things freeze well like soups, pasta sauces, curries, stews etc. Even if you don't have a freezer lots of things keep well in the fridge for two or three days and even taste better for doing so. Think through the things that you normally make and work out what can be done in advance like maybe veges can be peeled and prepared in the evening or the morning for the next evening's meal. If you don't mind the same thing two night's running make enough for two meals so that although you have to cook one night you only have to heat up on the second. Are your kids old enough to help? They can peel veges when they get home from school, put a prepared casserole in the oven at a set time etc. The first few weeks will be hard but you will soon think of short cuts etc.

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