Tips & Tricks to Get Dinner on the Table

thetipsandtricksHave you ever wondered how some women get food on the table every night? When by the end of the day you’re running on fumes and making a nutritious homemade dinner is not going to happen.

What is the secret to getting dinner on the table every night?

When running a home time is always of the essence and it always seems like there is not enough of it. So in order to get meals on the table consistently to avoid fast foods which are not good for my family but especially not good for my husband and I. I have 5 to-dos to get dinner on the table consistently!

  1. Pre-brown meat – I do is while I am making something that needs browned meat or when I am unloading groceries . I brown the meats and then I bag them and put them in the freezer until I need it. This saves me time browning the meat and washing the pans used to brown the meat and of course cleaning the splatter grease off the stove. Do you get the picture this is saving me a half hour every time I use a package of pre-browned meat. It can make a meal like tacos a 5 minute preparation time or spaghetti I just throw the meat into the pre-made sauce…Are you feeling the freedom. By the way I also do this with chicken which probably saves me an hour of time because it takes chicken longer to cook!Photo
  2. I buy cheese in bulk from Sams (when I cannot find a good sale) and pack it into 2 cup baggies. So any baggie I grab from the freezer is 2 cups. no need to measure or wash the measuring cup, I can just dump it in. Photo
  3. I divide meat into amounts my family eats at one meal. These two packs are 3# of meat each and they are equal to the amount of meat  we would use to make meat loaf or hamburgers. I also put 1# baggies of meat in the freezer for
  4. I buy Bulk sizes when it makes economical sense. By buying a lot of one item I normally divide it up and freeze it.Photo
  5. Keep essential ingredients on hand. For us this is Rotel, Cream of Chicken, Cream of Mushroom  and canned peaches on hand in bulk at all times. I often put a few cans of these essentials on my shopping list just so I have them so I cam make an Emergency Meal.
  6. Have a Meal Plan

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By the way the secret is time used wisely.

Do you do any of these things? What do you do to get dinner on the table every night.
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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

14 thoughts on “Tips & Tricks to Get Dinner on the Table

  1. Love this idea! I’m always trying to figure out how to quickly get food on the table. Thanks for this I’m visiting from Weekly Wrap Up.

  2. Great tips! I have tried the browned meat thing, but every time my meat tastes weird after cooking it then reheating it. So, I don’t know what I am doing wrong…
    Stopping by from the Shine Blog Hop 🙂

    1. Hi Misty! Well, first of all I’ve found it makes a big difference how you brown your meat.
      1. If you do it in a crock pot it tastes different then if you just brown it on the stove.
      2. Try to let it defrost on its own before using it.
      3. Try not to let in linger in the freezer for too long.
      4. Consider using a GOOD quality freezer bag for meat.
      5. I never serve this meat alone or as the star it is always a part of the dish such as chili or taco meat etc…
      Blessings and let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  3. I used to do several of these tips, but have gotten out of the habit. Your post is a great reminder of things that really did save a lot of time. Blessings from Serving Joyfully.

    1. Isn’t it funny how we can so easily get out of a useful habit? You are welcome for the reminder I am glad that this was an encouragement to you!

  4. Thanks for linking up with us a the Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday Linky. Hope to see you again this week. Party starts Wednesday night at 8 pm EST!
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  5. I just had a comment go through on another post of yours… so I’m trying again here.

    I never thought of pre-browning meat before and shredding the cheese… genius – great tips!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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