Eric and I have date nights frequently, sometimes as much as twice a week. Because of his work schedule, any time just he and I eat dinner together counts as a date night for us. And then there are those rare occasions when we actually go out and have a family member watch the kids for us.
So because of that, I'm always looking for new ways to feed the kids when Eric and I are not eating with them. Here are a few of the tips I use:
- I try to plan ahead as much as possible. I usually know at least a few days in advance when Eric and I are having a date night. So when I can, I'll try to plan for leftovers. That way, I can just heat up those leftovers for the kids and not worry about fixing something new for them.
- If leftovers aren't an option, I'll usually just throw together something quick that I know the kids will really enjoy. It could be spaghetti, easy mac & cheese, or tuna casserole.
- If neither of the above options are workable, I can usually find a meal that I froze earlier in the month for them. This is a last resort because my freezer meals are usually sized for the whole family. But there are certain things that work well for this, like meatloaf cups or frozen chicken fingers, because I can just pull out as many as I need without cooking an entire meals worth.
- When we are actually going out, I always make sure I have a nice meal to feed our baby-sitter too. Our baby-sitters are either my in-laws or my brother-in-law and I view this meal as a way to thank them for watching the kids. So I try to make something special that I know will be enjoyed. Sometimes that means I have to prepare most of the meal a day ahead of time, but it is so worth it.
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