While I was working in an actual office, dinner turned into more of a chore. You have to come up with a meal plan, buy groceries, cook the food and clean it all up. Trying to do all of that while juggling a 45 hour or more work week can be difficult. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for working mothers and fathers.
However, there are a few things you can do to make dinner a little easier:
1. Sign up for a meal delivery service.
It will cut out creating a meal plan and going to the grocery store. You’ll also eat healthier. Try services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. Some of these subscriptions will provide 5 meals per week. Unfortunately, you still have to cook and clean up. Plus, it’s costly.
2. Get takeout or dine at a restaurant.
You don’t have to cook or clean, but it can be costly and really unhealthy especially if you’re going to fast food restaurants. Plus, you have to go pick up food every night.
3. Prep all of your meals for the week.
All of the hardwork is done upfront on the weekend. You can store the pre-made meals in the freezer and cook them in the crockpot. Cleanup will be much easier. The only con is carving out a few hours during your weekend to prep all the meals.
4. Buy pre-made meals from the store.
This was the option we chose. Luckily, we lived across the street from a Harris Teeter that has amazing pre-cooked food. Choose from hot soup, sandwiches, Chinese food, pizza, salad or a meat and veggie from the deli.
Now that I work from home, I no longer have to do any of the above. But trust me, I’ve felt your pain! Finding a way to eat healthy, cheap and easily is a very difficult task!