Losing the Dinner Stress

| February 5, 2013 | 4 Comments

Losing the Dinner Stress

Quite a few women at work are pregnant, many with their first child.  One of the topics of discussion during lunch is how to prepare dinners once baby arrives and not losing the dinner stress. Preparing dinner with a baby/toddler in tow can be a difficult challenge and becomes even more difficult once both parents return to work. Since nutrition is important for everyone, most especially for growing boys and girls – dinner can no longer be a side thought. Around my house, we get home around 5pm and Max goes to bed at 7pm. This leaves two hours to make dinner, eat dinner and set forth on a bedtime routine. Most nights I am by myself which makes things a bit stressful when Max does not want to sit in a high chair. I found myself wanting to order take-out most nights, which is not good for the pocket book or my stomach. So I had to think about some solutions to my dinner stress.


Losing the Dinner Stress

Food served on a plate


Meal Planning

First thing that I did was to actually start meal planning. Before I go to the grocery store, I make a list of what I plan on making for dinner and ingredients that I will need to purchase. It seems pretty obvious to meal plan, but many people do not do it. Having a meal plan is beneficial for two reasons: 1) So you only buy what you need (saving money) and 2) to ensure proper use of your ever-so precious time in the evening. I have been finding that making dinner has been easier ever since I started to meal plan.


Losing the Dinner Stress

Losing the Dinner Stress


Preparing Food

Prepping your food before hand can also help with dinner preparations.  Cut your vegetables in advance and store them in the fridge, for example.  If you are planning a meal that requires lots of food prep – try to assemble what you need the evening before and have it ready to go on the counter or fridge.  Thinking in advance of what you want to cook is part of the process in meal planning!

Slow Cooker

Another tip is to use every working parent’s best friend: the slow cooker. There are endless ideas for slow cooker dinners: pulled pork, roast chicken, chili, spaghetti, beef stew and more! Not only will dinner be waiting for you when you arrive at home, but your house will be filled with delicious dinner aromas.


Losing the Dinner Stress

Making slow-cooker chicken pot pie filling


Starting to really think about what you are going to make for dinner does take some adjusting. However, once you start doing it, it will become second nature. Not only will you and your family’s bellies be happy, but you will probably feel less stress when 5:00pm rolls around!



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  1. Kamerine Gardam says:

    I totally agree! We’ve been planning our meals just over a year now and it’s made a huge difference.

  2. kathy downey says:

    I like to sit with a coffee on Sunday evening and plan for the week,mostly meals for the slow cooker

  3. kathy downey says:

    Looks like a nice simple meal

  4. kathy downey says:

    We served this for dinner a few weeks ago minus the sweet potato,we just used blue potato

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