What to make on a night when time is short and hunger is high
Dinner in a jiffy
It's not easy to juggle all the demands on our time, but planning meals can be a little easier if we have a game plan in place for the days when we're under the most pressure. Here are some tips:
1. Try to allot 15 or 20 minutes a week to set up menus. Balance recipe choices with your schedule, planning to serve more complicated dishes when your calender is free of appointments and more simple meals when it's full.
2. Take a quick inventory of your cabinets, refrigerator and freezer. Then check newspaper ads and supermarket aisles to see if there are other items you could keep on hand that would make hurry-up meals easier to prepare. When considering your budget, don't eliminate the possibility of using convenience foods. Convenience foods prepared at home can be more economical than buying restaurant food, running out for take-out or ordering food delivered. Some time-savers actually are inexpensive.