Episode 40 Avoiding the Drive Thru When Life Gets Crazy

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Avoiding the drive thru when life gets busy isn’t hard but it does take planning. I have my 3 step PSA for weeknight family dinner success. Step 1 P-Plan and Prep, Step 2 S-Set a Dinner Bell and Step 3 A-Always have a backup. Today we are going to talk about A- Always have a backup.

A Backup is any dinner you can get on the table in 20 minutes or less with ingredients you have in your house. That may be your pantry, refrigerator or freezer. Identify 3 backup meals you can fix for your family and get the ingredients in your house this week. It is important to do it now because when you need a backup it is too late to go to the store.

By always having a backup you can avoid the drive thru and get your family fed even when life gets crazy. You know that there will be days when things don’t go as planned, or days when you are just extra busy. You may even PLAN to use a backup meal on a very busy night.

You can get the backup food in your freezer by making extra food one night and freezing it for another day. When you freeze food you want to consider how you plan to thaw them. I have learned that when I use a zip top gallon bag I don’t freeze it totally flat because the large square does not fit well in a bowl in my microwave. Instead, I fill it half full and fold the top half of the bag over the food to create a rectangle that fits in a bowl in my microwave.

Some of my favorite backup meals:

Chicken Tacos

Taco Meat

Bean Quesadillas

Spaghetti

Chili

BLT Sandwiches

Breakfast for dinner with Turkey Sausage or eggs and pancakes

Pre-Cooked Ground Beef

Cheeseburger Baked Potatoes

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