Talk BACK: The Six O'Clock Scramble

We've all been there: it's a quarter to six, and somehow we've managed to completely forget about dinner. We've gotten lost in a book, or a blog, or a great episode of Oprah, and suddenly a young child breaks us from our comatose state and asks,

"MOMMY, WHAT'S FOR DINNER?"

Well??

What's your last-minute dinner solution? What do you typically do when you've failed to plan and need dinner in a hurry? Do you have a cupboard stand-by? Do you pack up the family and head to a restaurant? What is your Plan B when meal-planning goes wrong?

10 comments:

  1. Since you mentioned The Six O'Clock Scramble, I hope you'll check out the solution I have devised to your dilemma by the same name, at www.thescramble.com. The key, for me, is to have a dinner plan in advance and shop for multiple meals at once. Good luck!

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  2. My mom taught me to always just sautee some onions and go from there. Many times I would be in the kitchen with her trying to figure out what we were going to make for supper and we would sautee onions while figuring out what to cook and my dad would walk in and exclaim "supper smells good!". Needless to say, sauteed onions were in a large portion of my families meals. :)

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  3. for us its either grilled cheese & a can of soup, or "breakfast for dinner" which can be as simple as a bowl of cereal, or as fun as chocolate chip pancakes, hasbrowns & bacon.

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  4. breakfast for dinner, leftover buffet, grilled cheese, fish sticks... OR if I am really desperate I call my hubby and beg him to pick up a pizza on his way home.

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  5. I usually will boil chicken from frozen and turn it into chicken salad, or do spaghetti, breakfast for dinner, or make sure to always have a few fresh veggies and a box of couscous or whole grain rice and make a one dish meal out of that.

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  6. Frozen Spinach and Cheese Raviolis from Costco! They are delicious and the kids love them. We keep them in our freezer all the time.... they are a great go to!

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  7. I always have shrimp in my freezer, and they defrost really quickly in cool water. So, when we're short on time it's frequently shrimp soft tacos or a pasta alfredo (homemade sauce just requires butter, milk & parm) with shrimp & broccoli, which is also always in the freezer.

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  8. I like to crank up my oven, cut up any seasonal veggies in the fridge, toss them with olive oil and roast them in my enameled cast-iron roasting pan. It takes about five minutes of hands-on work and makes the house smell delectable while they cook.

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  9. I definitely love the breakfast for dinner route but I also keep a bag of breaded chicken patties in my freezer at all times. 10 minutes in the oven while I make some mac and cheese and a frozen veg. Hamburger buns or bread work fine for these. Some condiments and a slice of cheese and you have quick, yummy chicken sammies!

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  10. I always have a frozen pizza on hand. It's not fancy, but it is quick and easy and everybody likes it!

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