How to Get Meals on Plates When You are Too Busy Spinning Plates

As a mother of two girls, I find that growing up female is a completely different experience for my daughters than it was for me. Societal expectations have changed regarding the woman’s role as a wife, a mother, and a worker, and they are ever-changing. This is GREAT in so many ways, but sometimes I feel like I am spinning so many plates it is hard to get the plates on the table some nights. So we eat out, order in, eat Chicken Noodle Soup and Grilled Cheese. These are all fine.

But, there is just something special about making a meal for the people I love.

Sitting around, watching their faces as they enjoy it, talking about their day, making silly jokes and laughing, and everyone helping to clean up. But how do we accomplish this when our time is budgeted down to the minute some days?

Make the most of your time - When it is gone, we can’t get it back.


  • Cook Once, Use Twice – Use staple proteins for multiple meals

  • Ground Beef/Chicken/Turkey – Brown a larger batch of meat the first night, refrigerate half, and split with Tacos on Tuesday and Chili or Shepherd’s Pie on Thursday

  • Chicken – Crock Pot-cook a whole chicken or boneless/skinless Chicken Breasts Monday and use leftover chicken for quick pot pie on Wednesday

  • Freeze It – You can also freeze things like Chili, Spaghetti Sauce, and homemade soups for a quick and easy meal on a busy night (that looks like you spent hours preparing)


  • Make it a game – Keep up with how much they help and reward them for it. It doesn’t have to be a monetary reward--I keep points for all the tasks I ask for help with and my girls can “redeem” them for a special treat or time on the TV watching that show that only THEY like. Making your kids feel appreciated for the things they do will make everyone feel special (the helpers and the one being helped 😊)

  • Have a Plan B each week

  • Have an easy out that you don’t feel guilty about. Plan for one night a week where you aren’t trying to be the iconic AMAZING MOM. Pick something everyone likes and is easy to make or put together. You can still sit at the table and enjoy your time as a family, even if it is just sandwiches and soup – and when that crazy day comes (and you know it will) you have an option that keeps you calm and gets everyone fed!