Whats for dinner?

  1. After a long 12 hours of work I still have to come home and fix dinner for my two teenage daughters and myself and it seems like the biggest and hardest decision of the day is What's for dinner? I know they should be able to fix themselves something but I don't really trust them enough to be home alone with the stove or oven. I am tired of eating out and that gets too expensive. What are some of your easy to prepare/but tasty meals you fix when you get home ?

    It is snowing and schools are closed today and I don't have to go out to work so we are having turkey with stuffing, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. I am so thankful not to have to go out.
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    Have one girl make a salad, another gets the dessert out of the freezer to thaw in time and sets the table. You bring home or make the main course. Lots of almost instant main courses out there in the freezer section, or you can freeze casseroles you make ahead, or pick something up on the way home. If half your work is done when you get home I think the whole project will be easier to face.
  4. by   cristina2581
    If you have enough time in the morning before you leave for work a Crockpot comes in very handy. You can make almost anything in there, from beef stew to spaghetti sauce.
  5. by   gr8rnpjt
    I like watching Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals. I watch it at 6 and 6:30 pm, and I am usually putting together dinner from another recipe while I am watching. She has really great, simple recipes, and in 30 minutes she produces a main dish, a side dish and a dessert. I go on line and print out the ones I like and take the recipes to the grocery store with me to make sure I have all ingredients needed. Her meals are simple, fast and delicious. I like how she doesn't use measuring cups. She just "eyeballs" it.
  6. by   TazziRN
    What I often do is make extra of a meal two nights before, and my family can have the leftovers.

    I never cook on my 12-hour days, and my family has never expected me to. When the kids were smaller my husband would feed them. Now, if I haven't left anything for them or if they don't like it, they fend for themselves.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm with Tazzi - I never cook on the days I work.

    All my kids learned to cook at an early age and all were responsible to make dinner if Dad was not home. My kids are good cooks. Well, except the 5 year old.

    My daughter likes to make a chicken caesar salad. My oldest's speciality is pasta and homemade sauce. My #2 son like to bbq tri-tip.

    I'd go for something simple on the days I work . . . .

  8. by   leslie :-D
    i like to cook on my days off, and ship off to the freezer.
    mac & cheese (homemade cheese sauce)
    marinaded baked salmon
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts, which i use for caesar salads.
    chicken soup, lentil soup, beef & cabbage soup
    grilled liver with sauteed onions and bacon.

    these dishes are not time-consuming (except for the soups), they freeze well and i always have something to grab, on those days i just don't feel up to cooking.
    plan ahead, i say.

  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from earle58

    plan ahead, i say.


    Of course, you have to be organized in the first place to do that.

  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    We cook for the week on Friday evenings, and reheat during the week. Saturday we go out to dinner.
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    We cook for the week on Friday evenings, and reheat during the week. Saturday we go out to dinner.

    We eat out alot since my dh is working in another town . . . . .:imbar

  12. by   hikernurse
    Oh, the ever popular question. After twenty years, I admit the thrill has worn off. . . . DH just walked in the room and read those first two sentences over my shoulder. He very calmly asked what was going on. We've been married 20+ years, LOL.

    What helps me is making a master menu. Heh, not nearly as onerous as that sounds. I do soups on Thursday, meatless on Tuesday, that kind of stuff. Then when I buy meat, I cook double and freeze half; for me cooking meat is what takes the most time and what I don't want to face after twelve hours at work. Then all I have to do is boil noodles or bake potatoes or something easy like that.

    With teenagers, I'd just assign them a day and have them get a menu to you to preview. That way they could make a dinner you'd feel comfortable with them preparing.