I genuinely try not to schedule meetings between 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during weeknights as this is quality time with my family. For those of you that wonder why I schedule meetings or dinner plans at 8:00 p.m. or later, now you know why!
There are some nights when I know that I’m not going to make it home in time to cook dinner either due to an unavoidable meeting or because I have to pick one of the kids up from an activity. On those nights, I may make something the night before that just needs to be put in the oven or I may use the crock pot. Admittedly, my husband has a stash of frozen lasagne, meatballs and chicken fingers for those nights when something has popped up or if I haven’t been able to make the meal the night before. He also has a few excellent recipes that he has mastered but if I suddenly tell him at 5:00 p.m. that I’m running late at the office or at a meeting somewhere, it’s just easier for him to throw something in the oven.
Make ahead meal suggestions:
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Chicken or vegetable pot pie
- Ground beef for tacos & prepare a plate with all the fixings
- Meat sauce for pasta
- Pizza – I would only make homemade pizza dough on a Sunday when there is time
- Hamburger patties
- Marinate meat such as chicken or steak for the barbeque
- Homemade macaroni and cheese
- Eggplant lasagne
- Bean or beef chili
- Roast chicken
- Meat pie