Reducing Weeknight Meal Stress

Weeknight meals can be tough for families — there isn’t much time between the end of the workday and bedtime, and everyone is tired. Here are three tips for reducing the stress around getting a meal on the table for your family to enjoy.

  1. Get Takeout

Takeout food is the obvious solution to evening meal stress. Most families don’t want to have takeout every day, but planning for this option on hectic days can be a huge relief. If you’re feeling guilty about opting for takeout too often, find a few local places that offer a selection of healthier foods and let the guilt go. Just pull up your favorite Bridgeport restaurant menu, place your order, and pick it up on your way home.

  1. Supermarket Shortcuts

When you do want to cook a meal for your family, supermarket shortcuts are a wonderful time saver. Maybe you can quickly prepare some chicken cutlets and frozen broccoli, but mashed potatoes just take too long. Stock your freezer with frozen mashed potatoes, and you can have them on your table in no time. Other great supermarket shortcut options include frozen ravioli and premade pizza dough. There’s no shortage of quick-cooking foods to speed up meal prep.

  1. Cook While You’re Away

For many, the slow cooker comes to mind first when thinking of letting food cook all day. You set it in the morning, and then you get to enjoy the beautiful dinner smells when you walk in the door. This isn’t the only tool that can help, though. Many rice cookers can be programmed to finish cooking at a specified time. If you add a quick protein and other toppings once you get home, you can have customized rice bowls without taking the time to cook the rice. You can also program many automatic bread makers to bake at a certain time.

With a little creativity and a few shortcuts, you can avoid some of the headaches around weeknight meal prep. Take advantage of whatever options you have to ease some of the stress and enjoy the time with your family.