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How I Made Dinner Work When My Family Moved in with My Parents - Dinner with Kids

How I Made Dinner Work When My Family Moved in with My Parents - Dinner with Kids
From The Kitchn - September 16, 2017

When my family's apartment flooded, wemy husband, 10-month-old daughter, geriatric rabbit, and Idecamped to my parents' house. As we waited for insurance companies to settle the bill, we divvied up dinner duty: My mom and I took turns during the week and on weekends, my husband would cook, or my dad would get takeout.

In some ways, it was easier. I cooked less frequently, if for more people, and that meant sometimes I could enjoy feeding little bub instead of trying to make dinner at the same time. Even still, it's awkward cooking in someone else's kitchen!

As a work-from-home mom, I'd already developed some strategies to get dinner on the table, and they came in very handy as we all learned to get along. Here's how we made it work.

1. I made a lot of soups, stews, and casseroles.

Tonight's dinner can be tomorrow's lunchor, if frozen, lunch a few weeks from now. Soups, stews, and casseroles are prime candidates for big-batch cooking, as are most slow cooker recipes. And all those soupy, long-cooked things are great for littles (especially those without teeth).

Read more: Cook Once, Eat All Week: 10 Big-Batch Suppers

2. I made friends with the freezer.

If you let it, the freezer can be your best friend. Beyond the wonders of soups and casseroles, you can also stockpile staples like cooked barley, beans, and quinoa. Divide them into kid- and grown-up-sized portions, freeze in airtight containers, and (this is important!) label everything with the item and date. Your future self will thank you for your foresight and labeling abilities, because no one likes playing freezer roulette.

3. I embraced laziness.

4. I compartmentalized my meal planning.

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