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  • How do you plan for dinner as a working mother?

    19 posts, 13 voices, 954 views, started Oct 20, 2008

    Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008

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      Do you cook weekly? Monthly?
      Do you prepare dinners the night before?
      Do you get home in time to prepare dinners?
      Does someone else prepare dinners?
      Do you children prepare dinner themselves?



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 20, 2008
        • I cook several times a week and on weekends.  I used to worry about it while dressing in the morning, now I just micro defrost what ever and cook what I feel like.

          Today, I had left over speggetti sause so Im making a layered baked eggplant using the sause.

          In between tracking down villans and solving crimes.

          Ha



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          Merlot63 wrote Oct 20, 2008
        • The girls have lunch (the main meal of the day) when they get home from school.  I cook once a week, and the nanny warms the food up for them and makes pasta/rice as a side dish.  

          For supper we have a light meal (salad, omelets, etc...) which either me or my husband make when we get home.  My 2 older daughters (14 & 11) can make simple dishes by themselves, and all 4 enjoy helping out in the kitchen.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 23, 2008
        • Costco Costco... I bought pot stickers, Chicken Pot Pies, alfredo, ... all are ready to just baked or microwave.  Then on weekends, we will have a real meal.  Oh, not to mention salad mix from Costco together with chicken stripe with great salad dressings.  Oh, BTW, I do not hold any stock of Costco for free advertising!



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          Mary Clark wrote Oct 23, 2008
        • I try to plan my meals for the week when I do my shopping.  Sometimes I do well by sticking to the plan..and other times I don’t.  

          I’m not one to cook a bunch of dishes over the weekend to freeze.  My family is very spoiled...and they like food fresh.  I didn’t do this to them....either.  

          I try to cook more on wed. afternoons when I’m off and on the weekends.  My entire family can cook so if I don’t cook...they won’t starve...God forbid...



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          Linni wrote Oct 23, 2008
        • Well, depending on wmy work schedual, i either cook when i get home, or i will cook it in the morning, and then pop it in the oven to warm up...



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          Hsj wrote Oct 26, 2008
        • We cook 4-5 times a week.  The other nights it is leftovers and/or sometimes pizza.  I am a big fan of the crock pot and my husband’s cooking.  He learned to cook while I was in grad school and has turned into a pretty good cook.  I seem to prep the night before and my husband cooks on the fly and we end up eating a bit later than I like.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 29, 2008
        • My favorite Crockpot recipe is short-ribs.  I put the ribs coated with loads of your favorite BBQ sauce (may add just little water to begin with) and just let it cook - later you will find tons of juice on the bottom and the ribs are so juicy and tender.  If you freeze the juice and discharge the fat, that can become your gravy as well.  In fact, that reminds me to go to Costco and buy a slab of baby ribs.



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Oct 29, 2008
        • Thankfully my hubby and I share the cooking..He’s a great cook as he was a single dad for a while...He has what he calls 30 minute meals..although it’s more like 1 hour meals for this large family...Friday nights..depends of funds we’ll take the family out to eat..other than that...we cook everyday...sometimes together...there’s usually not enough for leftovers..but if there is...he takes it to work for lunch the next day...



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 29, 2008
        • My hubby is a grill kind of guy.  We have a grill that has a rotation gadget on it.  He puts the whole chicken on it, ties up the legs so it won’t fall when it turns, then he melt a stick of butter and a can of beer as braising, braise it every 15 mins.  It turns out really good looking and juicy.  In fact, we did our turkey that way too.  

          Then the chicken can be used as several meals entree - chicken sandwiches, chicken pot pie and I used the bones to make Chinese soup...TBA later.



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          Sweetnsassy wrote Oct 29, 2008
        • I do lots of crock pot cooking too.  Most of the time you can just throw together a few items, let it cook during the work day and just add a few easy side items to have a great meal.  The Campbells Soups have good ideas on the lables so you might check those out as well.



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          Marlyn Delgado wrote Oct 29, 2008
        • wow,good advise i cook every other day,then left over for the next day,or i cook again if i have time,yes i get costco thing,lol which is alot easier to do,true campbells soups
          have alot of ideas to do or read racheal ray ...



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          Ms-kay wrote Oct 29, 2008
        • My kids used to be finicky!  

          Thankfully now they aren’t that way anymore and I am able to prepare meals ahead of time for the work week. That way I never feel rushed when I get home and have to decide what to eat.  

          The weekend meals aren’t bad. Saturdays we have pot luck dinners with friends or we just order takeout. I’m usually too busy preparing the menu for the following week.  Sunday is always dinner at my parents.



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          Hsj wrote Oct 29, 2008
        • We grocery shop and plan for meals weekly. Most of the time I will prep ingredients for the meal the night before or during my lunch hour.  I am always looking for good crockpot recipes.  The more involved recipes are saved for the weekends.

          Heather



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