(Closed) Working mums – What do you make for dinner during the week?

posted 4 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
367 posts
Helper bee

sugarcloud:  Can you do any meal prep on the weekends? I spend a couple hours in on Sunday prepping all of our food for the week. It started back in November when I was coaching basketball because I didn’t have time to make a meal every night, but it has continued because it’s so much more convenient. My husband is often gone during the week but is usually home on Sundays so he plays with our daughter while I cook. We definitely eat healthier since everything is made ahead of time. This week we’re having grilled veggies, grilled chicken, southwestern chicken wraps, veggie wraps, cottage cheese, and clementines. I have enough to get us through Friday evening and it only took about 3 hours total.

Post # 4
1200 posts
Bumble bee

Not a mom yet, but I would also recommend crockpot meals so that it’s just ready when you get home. Chilis, roasts, stews, casseroles, etc. are pretty quick to throw together in the morning.

Non Crock Pot ideas: If your kids can tolerate fish, homemade baked fish sticks are pretty quick. Fresh pasta and sauce can be heated up/boiled in just a couple of minutes–add in some of the oscar mayer pre-cooked grilled chicken strips and you’re in business. Other quick ideas include quesadillas, grilled cheese and tomato soup, tacos, tuna melts, and turkey wraps. 

Post # 5
575 posts
Busy bee

I cook in the evenings, or something that requires less than 20 min. Chicken soup – chicken legs, any kind of frozen vegetables, pasta or potatoes – all together in boiling water, cooks in 20′. Ground beef browned with onions, garlic and tomato paste – also in 20 min. Add boiled pasta and vegetables to the pan the night of.  Filet mignon – brown with garlic and onions in oil, then cook with mushrooms / carrots in wine for 20′, add sourcream at the end. For quick dinners the night of – our favorite are salmon filets – 11′ in the oven, but also any kind of meat you can toss on the grill. Since I’ve had my daughter, frozen vegetables is what saves me!

Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee

sugarcloud:  Also, about twice a year, I do some freezer meals that I can just pull out the night before to thaw and then cook the next day. Most tend to be crock pot meals so there is very little work to do. For healthy crock pot meals, I typically search for Paleo recipes, otherwise most of what I find is full of canned soups and cheese.

Good luck!

Post # 7
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

sugarcloud:  I totally understand – the nights can disappear fast!

Cooking on the weekends – sides at least is a huge help. Rice, potatoes, veggies, chopping veggies for salads, precooked pasta noodles, etc.- anything that can be predone and set out right away.

My latest favourite in a pinch fast meal is having rice premade in the fridge and pouring a thick flavoured soup over it, like the Happy Planet brand of soup. (the Morroccon chickpea is delicious) Amazingly tasty, hearty and healthy. And literally takes seconds.

Google quick easy recipies for ideas!

Monthly menu planning also helps me keep organized to so I’m not vacantly staring into the fridge for 20 minutes trying to figure out of what to make. And then I prep what i can on the weekends and have it in tupperware labelled with the days of the week. We don’t all get home until 6 so we need dinner on the table right away otherwise our whole night pushes way out and suddenly it’s 8 and we’re just finishing up. The nights fly by so dinner sets the tone and pace for a good night.


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Post # 8
3092 posts
Sugar bee

sphaghetti and anything (meatballs with store bought sauce or ground beef). It literally takes 10 mins to make (I buy the already cooked meatballs).

Turkey and cheese sandwiches.

Platters mixing all kinds of stuff together (fruit, nuts, cheese, cracker, etc.)


Post # 9
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Seriously?  My 13-year-old cooks most of the time since I’m often at the office late.

Post # 11
336 posts
Helper bee

liz42:  I don’t understand how your post is helpful at all to the OP.

Getting dinner on the table is really hard! There are lots of great suggestions from other bees but I’ll add that during the week, I cook only 3 times but every single meal I make, I make double of. So if I cook something one day, it will be eaten as leftovers the next day for lunch and/or dinner. I also make big batch soups and freeze in small portions as well.

Have you ever tried making pulled pork? It takes a while to make but the possibilities are endless: grilled cheese, sandwiches, cuban sandwiches, throw into chili, etc. Good luck, mama!

Post # 13
1445 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

 Use the crockpot. It’s a lifesaver and you can put just about anything in there from roast to chicken and even taco soup, which smells and tastes just like tacos. 

If you have time the night before after putting the little ones to bed, prep the meal for the next day. That way, you just have to pop it in the oven when you walk in the door. 

This website has been super helpful for me in finding meal ideas. http://www.allrecipes.com. 

Post # 15
1556 posts
Bumble bee

I’m still trying to get through the newborn phase, but having meals prepped in the freezer is the only reason we’re eating dinner! When I was pregnant we spent a few afternoons doing big cook ups. It really only takes a couple of hours and you can get lots of meals done.

When our stocks run low, I’ll choose a Sunday afternoon so that my husband can watch the baby and try and rebuild our freezer stash!

I also tried to do a few similar recipes at the same time so that I didn’t have to clean in between or use too many pots.

I don’t know if you can still get it, but most of what we’ve been cooking is from the Women’s Weekly Dollar Smart cookbook. It’s all just simple, tasty family food. 

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