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Soccer Mom Dinners

194332_6517I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest struggles as both a working mom and a soccer mom is feeding my family!  I freely admit that I am not an enthusiastic cook…all those dishes…but it’s important to me to give my family nutritious food.  The hardest days are when we have practice until 8pm and I have two starving girls in the car and a hungry husband waiting at home.  Telling them just to eat a bowl of cereal isn’t going to cut it. (Darn it!)  Here’s a few of my strategies…

Crock Pot

For non cooks like me, this is a great option.  You just dump a bunch of stuff in the crock pot before you leave in the morning and then you come home to a delicious smelling house and a hot meal. 

Pros

  • Easy (for not so gourmet chefs like myself)
  • Ready and hot right when you get home
  • Can make a complete meal in one pot
  • Can use cheaper cuts of meat

Cons

  • Not always a hit with the kids
  • Often sometimes I forget to put the stuff in the crockpot before leaving for work
  • Chopping onions isn’t appealing at 7am

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Sandwiches

OK, I know it’s not the most creative option, but it works for us!  Of course we’re big Subway fans, but there’s lots of different options.  (You didn’t think I was talking about making sandwiches did you?)

Pros

  • Relatively healthy and inexpensive
  • Kids like it
  • I don’t have to cook!

Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • Hubby isn’t always thrilled

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Soups

Another ground breaking suggestion is soup.  On especially cold days I bring soup in a thermos for the girls to eat while waiting for practice.  I enjoy making soups from scratch (the easy way of course…with a roasted chicken from the store) but sometimes a good old can of chicken and stars is all we’ve got.  Click on the picture for the recipe.

Pros

  • Can be very healthy
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to make
  • Hubby can warm it up at home if he gets there first

Cons

  • Spills!
  • Need to chop up a lot of ingredients
  • Have to watch out for sodium content
  • Doesn’t always fill them up

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Recipes

A GREAT place to get recipes is from Pinterest.  It’s my new favorite thing!  Go try it out if you haven’t already.

 

What are some of your go-to strategies?

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