Family Dinner Planning

Family Dinner Planning

Family Dinner Preparation by Erin Grunstein, from @erin.eats.mtl ⁣⁣⁣
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I’m a busy mom of 3, who works and tries to feed my family nutritious and delicious meals too. My kids are picky eaters so I have to balance their pickiness with my need for flavour and fun!⁣⁣⁣
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Below are a few tips to help you be more organized in your kitchen for weekly dinnertime madness!⁣⁣⁣
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1. Plan ahead! This is my biggest piece of advice (it also saves money because less waste). Sit down and make yourself a weekly menu. One trick to make yourself even more efficient is to reuse ingredients – Monday night make a pesto salmon and then Thursday night use that pesto in a Buddha bowl!⁣ (the picture above are using the same chicken and salsa in two different meals)⁣⁣
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2. In your fridge, try to have cut up vegetables on hand ready to eat/cook (you can buy ready cut as well – a bit pricier but definitely a big time saver). I always offer fresh vegetables to my kids with dinner – sometimes with humus to dip in. Healthy and delicious way to start any meal⁣⁣⁣
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3. When cooking a meal that freezes well, make extras to freeze (hamburgers, soups, lasagna, meatballs, etc). You can even freeze plain cooked quinoa or rice and just pop it in the microwave for a quick and easy side dish. ⁣⁣⁣
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4. At the beginning of the week, make 2 sauces/marinades/dressings that can be used in multiple ways for the week. Make a peanut sauce to use to dip chicken into or use it to top a Buddha bowl. Make a mango salsa to top salmon one night and use in a salad another night.⁣⁣⁣
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5. I try to make 1 meal for everyone – adaptable to our tastes. For example, tonight I spiced up some minced chicken for burgers. I shaped the ones for my kids and then added extra spicing into the adult unshaped ones before shaping.⁣⁣⁣
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6. For our weekly Friday night dinner, I always roast and grill tons of vegetables. These serve me well for the week for side dishes, salad topping and for inside Buddha bowls. ⁣⁣⁣
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6. Family style meals are a great way to get your kids involved and excited for dinner – put the food on the table and let them choose what goes onto their plate- you might be pleasantly surprised what they eat!

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