Whether you are a family of two or 10, “What’s for dinner?” can seem like the most stressful question of the day. Multiple studies have shown that dinner is an important part of a healthy family life.
Here are three basic tips to help make an important time with family less stressful and more enjoyable:
- Plan meals. Agreeing on what to have for dinner, trekking to the store, then preparing the meal can take hours of time and frustration. At the beginning of each week consider what you are going to eat each night. Go through your pantry to see what ingredients you already have. Then, make a grocery list of all of the ingredients to get during one trip to the store.
- Prepare ahead of time. If your weekdays are packed full, take some time on the weekends to pre-prepare a few delicious dinners that keep well. This way you’ll be able to come home after a long day, reheat and eat. This also gives you a chance to make large quantities of a meal, such as lasagna or spaghetti sauce, freezing the leftovers for another day.
- De-clutter your kitchen. A messy room can completely discourage you from wanting to step foot in it. This is especially true in the kitchen. Cooking dinner can already feel like a chore, if you have to do the dishes before even getting started, you might find yourself avoiding the kitchen entirely.
We deal with enough stress during the day without adding dinner to the list. Planning, pre-preparing and de-cluttering can help take the hassle out of dinnertime, allowing for a more relaxing evening with the ones we love.