Making family dinners can be a stressful experience for some people. Trying to please everyone, cook something they will all like, and get it on the table in a timely manner can be daunting. In this blog post, we will share some stress-free family dinner tips to help make family dinners less stressful and more enjoyable!
Make a weekly meal plan
One of the best ways to make family dinners less stressful is to plan. Meal planning can help you save time and money, and it takes the guesswork of what to cook for dinner. Sit down each week and decide what meals everyone will enjoy. Then, make a grocery list based on those meals. Planning will make cooking dinner much easier!
I did this recently with easy slow-cooker meals I found on Pinterest.
Get the whole family involved
Another way to reduce stress at dinnertime is to involve the whole family in meal prep. For example, ask your kids to help set the table, wash vegetables, or stir the pot. Getting everyone involved in dinner will not only help you get things done more quickly, but it will also be a fun bonding experience for your family.
Prep over weekends
If you have some extra weekend time, use it to prep for the week ahead. You can cook large batches of food that can be reheated throughout the week or chop vegetables and prepare other ingredients in advance. Having some work done ahead of time will make cooking dinner during the week much easier.
As many people do, take time to get all the groceries you will need for the week. We plan a pizza night every Friday, so having a set takeout night makes things easier.
Take advantage of technology
There are several ways that technology can help you with family dinners. For example, many great apps and websites offer recipe ideas and grocery delivery services. In addition, plenty of cooking gadgets can help you quickly get dinner on the table, such as slow cookers, air fryers and pressure cookers. Slow cookers are my fave! Using technology will make your life easier and help reduce stress at dinnertime.
Keep it simple
One of the best ways to make family dinners stress-free is to keep it simple. When you’re trying to juggle work, school, a business, and extracurricular activities, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen cooking a complicated meal.
That’s where recipes like this one for instant pot pulled pork come in handy. This dish can be made in just a few minutes, and it’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Plus, it can be served in various ways so that you can tailor it to your family’s taste. Follow the link on how to make instant pot pulled pork below and make dinner time a breeze.
I have also pinned easy recipes on Pinterest under the Meal Planning board.
Keep backup meals in the freezer
Having some quick and easy meals on hand is a lifesaver when you’re short on time. Whether it’s a frozen pizza or a batch of pre-made pasta sauce, having some backup meals in the fridge or freezer will help you get dinner on the table quickly and without stress.
Making family dinners can be a stressful experience for some people, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these tips can make dinnertime less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone.