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3 Things to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking Dinner

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What do you do when you don’t feel like cooking dinner?! Today, I’m sharing 3 simple tips that help me get dinner on the table even on those nights when I just don’t feel like cooking.

Your family has to eat at least 3 times a day and sometimes it can feel hard firguring out what to feed them. On top of that, you spend an hour making dinner, and they finish eating it in 10 minutes!

But feeding your family is super important. Their life and health depend on it! They have to eat. So I hope this gives you inspiration and motivation.

1. Remember it’s a privilege to be able to feed your family.

Coming up with dinner each night may feel like a burden, but the truth is that some moms can’t feed their families. They either don’t have the physical ability, financial ability, or resources to provide food for their families.

When you have the perspective that you GET to meet your family’s physical need and send them to bed with full tummies, it really is a privilege!

2. Keep dinner simple.

So many times we complicate things way more than we need to whether it’s cooking, cleaning, decorating, ect. But you will save yourself a lot of stress when you simplify.

As a busy mom, I simplify dinner by only making 1 recipe per meal. I call it the “star” of the meal. That means everything else is super simple. For example, if the main dish is a recipe that requires several steps to follow, the side dishes will be a frozen or canned vegetable and a roll. Or the main dish may simply be baked pork chops and I’ll follow a recipe for a vegetable casserole.

But the point is that when I intentionally keep dinner simple, I’m much more motivated to prepare it.

You can read more in this post: Simple Meal Planning for Beginners

3. Give yourself grace.

Do you feel like you have to measure up to someone else’s standard for dinner? Maybe you compare yourself to your mom, a friend, or someone online who always seems to make the best meals for her family.

Stop being so hard on yourself. Compare yourself to yourself. Provide meals for YOUR family.

Allow for easy nights every once in awhile. It’s okay to have a frozen pizza and bagged salad on those nights when you just don’t have any energy to cook dinner.

I always keep simple meals on hand for those nights that I need a break from cooking, but we don’t want to spend money on the drive thru.

You don’t have to create complicated meals every single night of the week. You can do this!

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2 thoughts on “3 Things to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking Dinner

  1. Yes, yes, yes! Simple is so important…as is always having an easy back up in the freezer or pantry. I think that is why I love freezer cooking so much. It helps make dinner time easier.

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