We all have days that are hectic and dinner comes around before a meal is cooked or we just don't feel up to cooking. It's ok to give yourself some time to relax and serve up a quick meal. So you get in the car and head out to the nearest fast food place or pick up the phone to call for delivery..
STOP! With some planning ahead on a day you are not worn thin, you can avoid this costly option.
One of my favorite ways to have a homecooked quick dinner is to cook in large batches and freeze portions that can be easily reheated later without the fuss of preparing a whole meal. I also will buy quick fix items when on sale to put aside for times like these because it is less expensive than eating out but they are not as healthy as cooking extra batches of food.
Another option I have recently discovered is a night for leftover buffet. I am ending up with a lot of tiny or single portions left after a meal. These can pile up and end up in the trash. Instead of wasting it, I give myself a cooking break and pull all these little bits out and let everyone choose which items they want. This may not work as well for families with children who may argue over one serving of a food. I would love to say this is because my teen is so gracious but I think it's more than he will eat most things I cook so long as it stands still long enough to be put on his plate.
Do you have other ways of having take out from your own kitchen?