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To the Mom Who Struggles With Making Meals

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This is dedicated to the mom who is struggling to put a meal on the table. Is this you?

Guess what? This was me, too.

With a husband who is finishing school, kids who need to be driven to their activities, and homeschooling four days a week during the school year, it can be a struggle to keep my head above water some days. And, meals are not fun when life is this busy.

While I am all about being frugal, I think during transitional and exceptionally busy times such as this one sanity trumps frugality.

I know there are many of you who can agree with me on this one.

Sanity must trump frugality during certain seasons.

If you are a mom who is struggling to get meals on the table, read on! There is hope!

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First, recognize that the struggle is real and that you are not alone in the struggle. This is perhaps the number one issue busy women tell me they have. It is universal. Working moms, moms who stay at home, and moms who work inside the home all struggle with this.

We all feel the stress and strain of wanting to feed our families healthy meals at home, but then real life and all its interruptions enter in and muck everything up.

While striving for perfection seems to be the norm, I think it’s time that we moms unite in the name of living in the real world when it comes to feeding our families.

Can I get an amen?

With this in mind, let’s move forward.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to getting meals on the table:

Something is better than nothing

Sure, you might have had aspirations of trying out that amazing dish you found on Pinterest, but that was before your toddler ran you ragged all day. There is no shame in changing your dinner plans to something more basic and familiar for dinner, saving you time and stress in the process.

Making dinner in the morning helps

Generally, we have more energy in the morning. If you’re a mom with kids at home, kids also tend to be better behaved in the morning. Avoiding the exhaustion we feel later in the day and the way our kids tend to be wearing on our last nerve by that time makes preparing a meal much more likely by preparing the bulk of the meal in the morning.

As a working mom, getting part of the meal ready the night before helps

Even as a working mom, getting the meal primarily prepared before you leave for work in the morning is a great idea, and it really is possible as well. It greatly helps to get the meal prep started the night before. Not only does that save us time in the morning, but it also makes us want to follow through with the rest of the meal since we have started it. Of course, non-working moms can certainly do this as well, but for working moms, this can be a life saver.

The Instant Pot should be your best friend

I can’t even remember life before I had my Instant Pot. From freezer to table in less than an hour. You just can’t beat that.

Freezer meals are a busy mom’s best friend

Freezer cooking sounds overwhelming, but it isn’t. Start small with it. Start with some freezer staples like I outline in this post. And, read the next tip below.

When you make anything, make extra to put in the freezer

This is multi-tasking at its best. And really, doing this takes next to no extra time or effort. However, the rewards you will reap are HUGE!!!

These last two tips are something I have been able to fully capitalize on with a program from Erin Chase of $5 Dinners. And let me tell you, my life has been transformed because of it. I have less stress, more time to spend with my family, and money saved without having to resort to convenience meals whether from a grocery store or a drive-thru somewhere. In the name of sanity, these “solutions” had become the reality in my life much more than I had wanted them to.

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I have always been into freezer cooking, but My FreezEasy took freezer cooking and made it even easier and quicker to do. Even the serving sizes and shopping lists are taken care of for me. And, I have yet to find a recipe from the program that my family hasn’t loved.

And, can you imagine my excitement when she came out with an Instant Pot program? Eeeeeek!

Is the program an investment? Sure, but it more than pays for itself every month with the time, stress, and money I save.

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  1. Thanks Jennifer! I’ve been struggling recently to spend time in the kitchen as I’ve been quite busy with work.
    And the thing is I LOVE cooking – or at least I love eating great food!! 😉
    I’ve been making several ‘double up’ meals which helps. But I’d love to get an Instant Pot as I’ve heard so much about them. A friend of mine even said it was the best thing next to Jesus!
    But I think our slow cooker will have to die first before I can convince my husband to bring another appliance into the kitchen!

    1. LOL. I couldn’t live without my IP. Maybe you could “help” yours along a little? 😉 Totally worth it though…

  2. Jennifer that’s a whole lot of great ideas for all of us. I can tell you as a retired lady it never changes. Now I substitute teach and I have 5 grandchildren three and under so I watch them a lot. Summer has not slowed down with school out.

    I’ve used some of these ideas and agree morning preparation or even the night before is good. I also make things that last this summer like a chicken salad I can use for dinner and then make sandwiches for me and the kids during the week.

    Thanks for sharing.

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