Week night dinners need to happen for me in 30 minutes or less or they need to be cooking on their own in the slow cooker. We get home from school at 3:30 and four days out of the week someone has an after school activity (softball, baseball, piano and ballet). The other kids and I hit the park to play, play, play. That means we walk through the doors at 5 or 5:30 and the kids are ready to eat at the exact moment they cross the threshold. Even with a snack after school, they are hungry growing kids.
So, I've added new feature to my planning. Instead of scrambling for a carb snack out of the pantry I'm getting back to my appetizer planning. We will just start a course early and have a snack prepared for munching while I prepare dinner. They are all light and limited so dinner is still consumed. (The items in italics will be our appetizer course.)
Seafood Pasta with Summer Squash and Zucchini
Greens with Croutons and Avocado
Soyaki Broiled Salmon
Celery with peanut butter boats
Honey Mustard Chicken
Broccoli and carrots with ranch
Spanish Rice with Corn
Chips with guacomole
What are you cooking?