How Do You???

Canada
January 24, 2009 9:25am CST
In this day and age where life seems to be so hectic, with both parents working and running the kids around to various activities how do you find time to prepare meals after such a tiring day? Do you eat fast food? Do you cook a sit down meal? Do you eat out? Do you order in? I personally use my crock pot a couple times a week and voila! instant meal for me when i get home from work. I hardly ever eat out or order in anymore...just cant afford it these days. So I was wondering how the rest of you mylotters manage your meals with your busy life styles.
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7 responses
• Canada
24 Jan 09
I usually prepare my meals in advance when I have time, and stick 'em into the freezer. Home cooking is so much cheaper and healthier than eating out. I have a friend who is always so busy and she eats out all the time...now she has diabetes.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
hiya saffrondreams, that's a good way to do it when you have the time. I sometimes stick my left overs in to the freezer and on the days that i don't feel like cooking i can always pull something out when i don't feel like cooking. Eating out or ordering in is so expensive with the way the economy is these days. We used to order out every saturday but that has changed as we can't afford it any more. Thank you for your reply. take care ~proudnana~
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@sid556 (31003)
• United States
24 Jan 09
When my kids were younger and I worked days, I often put a meal in the crockpot before going to work. That helped so much. Planning ahead also made preparing dinner less time consuming. For instance, if I were going to have meatloaf, I'd have it all ready to just pop into the oven when I got home. I almost always cooked a decent meal and did not resort to fast foods. I think if you do it enough that it just becomes routine and doesn't feel too burdensome.
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• Canada
24 Jan 09
hiya sid, I totally agree with planning ahead when preparing meals. We use our crockpot a couple of times a week and i usually make enough to last a couple of days, so its just a matter of either freezing the left overs and having them at a later date or reheating in the microwave the next day. When i cook a roast or chicken in the crockpot , i sometimes make a batch of homemade soup with the stock that is left over...that's another easy meal for us. thank you for the response and have a nice day ~proudnana~
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@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
Hi proudnana, Welcome to myLot! A 'little bird' told me that you'd joined. I do hope you enjoy it here, as there are some great people, and wonderful friendships to be made. Since there's just my daughter and myself at home, I try to do my meal preparation around her schedule these days. She's a very busy teen, and her routine is becoming more and more hectic. I like to use my crock pot too at times, but other times I'll cook a big batch of something, and it'll last us at least three meals. We don't seem to get tired of the same thing that many days in a row, and it especially doesn't bother my daughter. It's great to have something all ready for the microwave. Since 'we've' become ships that pass in the night lately, I still try to plan something special for an evening when she's going to be home. It's good to be able to sit down together. Take care.
• Canada
24 Jan 09
hi someonesmom, Thank you for the welcome. Yes, I am enjoying it here and am slowly finding my way around. I agree it is nice to be able to sit down together for a meal which is something hubby and I very rarely have time to do with our work schedules. Saturday is the only chance we are able to sit down and have a meal together, so it will be a good home cooked meal tonight. lol take care and thank you for the response ~proudnana~
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
You're welcome. You're off to a great start here, and I can tell that it won't take you long to be a pro. I can't believe it's already been three years since I joined. Time flies. I hope you and your hubby enjoyed your meal together. My daughter was actually home last night too, so we were able to do the same.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
By the way, I love your avatar.
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• Canada
24 Jan 09
Hello Nana! So great to see your first post here... Excellent choice by the way I work at least three nights a week and sometimes four so it is a juggle to try and figure out how I am going to plan menus as each week is different schedule wise for me! I agree the cost of eating out or ordering in has gotten ridiculous and it is something we have really cut back on out of necessity! Once a month I buy a ready made lasagna that can be thrown in the oven quickly and easily and then at least once a month I buy ready made pizza that gets thrown in the oven...I also use the slow cooker at least twice a month for things like stew or chili and make things like shepherds pie, pasta and tacos. We also like to have Hamburgers and hot dogs made on the Forman Grill and pork chops and chicken. Generally for us the best night to have a dinner with the entire family is Sunday as my Husband is off work the next day and I'm off on Sundays as well! ~Heavens~
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• Canada
24 Jan 09
well hello there heavens, Its hard planning meals when everyone is working different shifts, but it sure is nice when you can sit down to a meal with your family. My time to have a sit down meal with my hubby is on a Saturday as hes off work fairly early in the day. ~proudnana~
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• Canada
30 Jan 09
Thanks so much for the BR Nana! So glad to see that you are finding your way around here! ~Heavens~
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
25 Jan 09
no, i don't eat out as u say too expensive. i like to everyonce in a while but very seldom to even fast food things are high & pizza is outrageous here. one of the things i di is like i cook a casserole i stir up two & freeze one, chili the same thing i may extra & pull it out later. dressing freezes real good. in fact thanksgiving i made wxtre & froze too bowls full. if u just have something to start with doesn;t seem so hard to add a few things w/it & u have a nice supper, spaghetti sauce , homemade soup & so many things freeze well. i usually keep a pecan pie frozen in case somone drops bad. there's alot of things u can do if you'll think ahead.
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
hiya antiquelady, I also like to cook extra when preparing meals. It doesn't take up that much more effort. I have never tried freezing dressing but what a great idea. I must try that next time I make dressing. Pecan Pie..oh YUMMY! That's my hubby's favorite! Thank You for your response, ~proudnana~
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• Philippines
25 Jan 09
Due to financial crisis these days, it is sometimes easier and more practical to simply buy ready-to-eat food! A 200 (Philippine Peso) budget for a meal to a family with 6 members is, most likely, not enough if mom will personally cook the food at home! However, if she spend that 200 pesos for some ready-to-eat dishes, everybody can have their share!
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• Canada
25 Jan 09
Hiya jpedrasa, Yes, I agree ready to eat foods are somewhat cheaper as well. In fact, my hubby and I have bought ready to eat foods while vacationing rather than eating out in restaurants. We then go for a picnic near the lake side or in a park and make a nice day out of it. Thank you for your response. ~proudnana~
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