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5 Supermarket Shortcuts I Started Buying After Having a Baby - Dinner with Kids

5 Supermarket Shortcuts I Started Buying After Having a Baby - Dinner with Kids
From The Kitchn - September 15, 2017

I used to be one of those people. I did not just make homemade chicken stockI roasted chicken bones until fragrant, then gave them a long, slow bath. I did not toss stuff in a slow cookerI sauted and seared first, in the sincere belief it made a difference.

And then I had a baby.

I'd been organized enough to stuff the freezer, anxious that the baby would arrive early. (In the end, she came 10 days lateso I added two slabs of macaroni and cheese to the arsenal.) But as the weeks went on and supplies dwindled, I wondered how we'd eat. Some days, lunch consisted of stuffing deli turkey in my mouth while jiggling a banshee on my hip.

One day, my husband asked if I wanted to do the grocery shopping. It sounds crazy, but it was exactly what I neededto get out of the house and think about something other than our baby. And as I wandered the aisles, high on independence and sleep deprivation, I started to see a few supermarket shortcuts things that could help me put homemade dinners on the table, but with less fuss than I did pre-baby. Here are some of my new tried-and-true picks.

1. Roast chicken

All hail the supermarket roast chicken! Tonight's dinner, tomorrow's lunch, and maybe more. If you are feeling ambitious, wrap the carcass in foil and freeze it for chicken stock (which, I have learned, can be made with zero fuss in the slow cooker).

2. Pre-cut vegetables

3. Stock

4. Oatmeal

5. Fast-cooking food

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