“Mommy, hurry up! We’re going to be late for practice!” my worried 8 year old daughter yelled out as she ran down the hallway carrying her pom poms. Cheerleading practice didn’t start till 6:00 pm so one would naturally think the hours between 4 to 6 would be ample time to take care of the affairs that busied our late afternoons. Tasks such as picking the kids up from school, completing homework, and getting ready for practice all turned into a rushing tornado during the school year.
I gave her a tired look as she asked the question that every busy parent dreads, “By the way, what’s for dinner??” I threw my hands up in the air and told her, “I honestly don’t know. Maybe we can order out again tonight.” As soon as they heard the dinner plans, a look of content spread on both of my children’s faces. I, however, found myself disgusted at the thought of eating another burger for the second time that week.
That evening while noticing the smell of stale fries in the air at the local drive-thru, I thought to myself, “There has to be a better way to put dinner on the table on our busy nights and a way to make more meals in less time during the week!”
Life can become busy when we aren’t looking. If you have children who are involved in extracurricular activities, then you know what I’m talking about. Even if you don’t have children but find yourself engrossed in certain hobbies or activities after work, things can get chaotic. Due to this, dinner can unfortunately get placed on the back burner.
Re-Eats: More Meals in Less Time
When we are to busy to think about what we are going to serve for dinner, the following can happen:
- We take the easy route and order out or spend time at the drive-thru, which is neither healthy nor cost effective.
- Pre-processed foods are prepared to get us by until the next day when we will have enough time to make a homemade meal.
- Raiding our pantries and scrounging up anything we can find to eat so we can ‘temporarily’ satisfy our hunger. Thus creating a never ending cycle of snacking through the night.
- Skipping dinner becomes common as well. We find ourselves starving at 10 pm and immediately order convenient food or eating whatever is in the pantry.
If only there was a way to combat all of this and make more meals in less time….right??
Well there is!
Re-Eats: More Meals in Less Time!
What is Re-Eats?
- Re-Eats is a section on the site devoted to helping you save time in the kitchen by guiding you through producing quick, homemade meals in a matter of minutes. It’s a one stop shop for those who not only are stumped on what to make for dinner, but those who simply don’t know how they are going to fit in the time to make it.
Who Will Benefit from Re-Eats?
- From busy parents/grandparents to busy executives, everyone will benefit from this new section on the site.
How Does it Work?
- It works by taking one main recipe and splitting it in half to produce 2 or 3 news ones.
- Every month, I will post one NEW main recipe and two to three NEW side recipes made with this main recipe.
- Each main recipe will come complete with a grocery list for the ingredients needed to make that dish and also a list for the side recipes that go along with it.
- Each main recipe can be found in the “Re-Eats” tab with the coordinating side recipes right next to it.
Where Will The Recipes Come From?
- These recipes are ones that I personally have created. They have been tested and rated by my personal taste testers (other wise known as my family) and have been adapted to fit everyone’s taste buds over the years.
Do I HAVE to use the side recipes on the same week that I make the main meal?
- No. You don’t have to. The main meal recipes that are posted will also be freezer friendly. You can cook them and use them for dinner and left overs the next day, then freeze them to use for another day. When you are ready to use them again, come to site and look up the coordinating side meal recipes.
I’m very excited about bringing this new feature to the site! My hope is that it will help to inspire those who need a solution to that age old question, “Mom and dad….what’s for dinner tonight?”
Watch out for the first main recipe next week!