Sarah at Go Ask Mom wrote an interesting article defending family dinners this week. There was a recent report indicating that home cooking was more for the elite foodie. Sarah (and I) beg to differ. As a mom who cooks dinner almost every night, I am a huge advocate of bringing our busy family together to enjoy a family meal and chat about our day. Plus, it is significantly more frugal to cook at home.
Cooking at home is more than doable, even for the busy schedule. Cook ahead and freeze, use the slow cooker, batch cook ingredients so you can put a meal together quickly when you get home at night. Enjoy easy to make meals during work days and save the more time consuming meals for the days when you have time. Don't think you have to provide a 10-course spread every night (or any night for that matter!). The key is to eat healthy, frugal meals and enjoy time with your family.
If you are looking for some frugal meal ideas, you can see my weekly meal plan on Mondays here on the blog. Other blog members share their frugal meals as well every day in the What's for Dinner blog post. I also recommend the website, 5DollarDinners.com. You'll find tons of frugal recipes for every meal. And my favorite recipe site is AllRecipes.com. They have a recipe for just about anything you can think of.
You can read Sarah's well written article at the "Dinner's Served" link above. What about you? Are you able to make time for the family dinner?