I generally have an hour and a half from the time I walk in the door from work until I need to have supper ready. I take the first hour to put away anything I brought in the door with me, feed the cats, change clothes and do that day’s chore (fold laundry, vacuum or clean the bathrooms).
At 5:30 I generally start preparing supper, and with giving it my full attention I’m able to have it ready in 30 minutes. Most weeknights I choose recipes that fit well within that time frame.
In the menu plan below, the first two recipes took a little bit longer than 30 minutes. I always look at my menu plan as soon as I get home, in case I do need to start cooking earlier than 5:30. Both of those recipes just needed to go in the oven earlier, so I switched my routine and did the chores while supper cooked.
To help balance the recipes that require more hands on time, I plan easy sides. I also like to plan a few very quick meals into my menu – like the chicken sausage that’s already cooked and just needs to be browned in the skillet!
I loved this post from Emily with 3 Things to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking Dinner. We’ve all been there, and her advice is so helpful!
On The Menu
- Yogurt with Granola and Berries
- Oven Fried Pork Chops with Potatoes & Green Beans (I used regular potatoes instead of sweet)
- Cheeseburger Tots/Wedge Salad
- Chicken Sausage/Roasted Potatoes/Spinach Salad
- Chicken Noodle Soup/Biscuits (I love the frozen Pillsbury biscuits)
- Stuffed Pizza Rolls/Fruit
- Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
- Valentine’s Day Date!
If you don’t even have 30 minutes to make supper – click the image above for all my supper menus that can be ready in twenty minutes!