9 Easy Ways To Prepare Weeknight Family Dinners

Don’t let the dinner menu stress you out! Between after school activities, homework, and everything else, sometimes dinner becomes the last thing on your mind. Keep reading to learn 9 easy ways to prepare weeknight family dinners the whole family will love.

9. Storage container combo

6 different sized containers in 2 stacks with food inside

Clip Tight Storage Container Combo – Set of 12, $14.99

The easiest way to prepare weeknight family dinners is by meal prepping all your ingredients in advance. Chopping the vegetables, cooking the meat, and portioning out your ingredients saves time so all you have to do is mix everything together. We love these containers because they’re freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Along with that, the lids have a latch to let steam escape while microwaving your food so you won’t have to dirty another dish.

8. Silicone veggie steamer

green silicone steamer filled with broccoli inside a pot

Joie Silicone Butterfly Steamer, $7.99

This silicone steamer steams your veggies to perfection easily so your family dinners are on the table faster. And it doesn’t just steam veggies – it steams fish, dumplings, and more! The steamer adjusts to fit different sized pots and pans, and the handle is removable so you can fit more.

7. Oil-less fryer

white oil-less fryer

Big Boss As Seen On Tv Oil-Less Fryer, $99.99

Enjoy all your family’s favourite foods in a healthy way with an oil-less fryer! Air-fry chicken and fish, stir fry veggies, roast turkey, broil steaks, grill meats, toast breads, steam vegetables and even make dessert without preheating or defrosting! We’re already drooling!

6. Salad spinner

white and green salad spinner

Tango Salad Spinner, $14.99

Prepare you salad quickly and easily with this salad spinner! With it’s easy spin handle and non-slip base, even the kids will want to have a turn spinning salad.

5. Crock Pot slow cooker

KitchenAid Architect Programmable Slow Cooker, $99.99

KitchenAid Architect Programmable Slow Cooker, $99.99

If you’re going to be at work all day and want dinner to be ready the moment you get home, this slow cooker is the next best thing to an in-house chef. Simply set your meal to cook in the morning and it’s ready to eat when you get home. Plus, it includes a Little Dipper warmer to warm up your dips, gravy, sauces, and more.

4. Cutting board with colander

light blue cutting board with collapsible colander over a sink with peppers and a knife on top

Chop N Wash Poly Cutting Board with Colander, $14.99

An over-the-sink colander and cutting board duo is the perfect tool to help you get dinner ready quick. The two-in-one gadgets saves time since you can rinse and chop all with one tool. Not to mention it saves valuable counter space and collapses for easy storage.

3. Silicone baking sheets

3 silicone baking sheets

Bakers Silicone Baking Sheet – Set of 3, $19.99

These silicone baking sheets are a great eco-friendly replacement for tin foil and cooking spray for most recipes, including chicken fingers and french fries! They’re oven safe to 450°F, and since they’re non-stick, they’re super easy to clean. Save one silicone baking sheet in the set or baking purposes and bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies with the kids after dinner!

2. An electric spiralizer

black starfrit electric spiralizer with spiralized zucchini in the chute and a bowl of spiralized carrots to the side

Starfrit Electric Spiralizer, $47.99

Easily add more veggies to every family dinner with this electric spiralizer! With 2 interchangeable stainless steel blades, you can turn cucumber, sweet potato, zucchini, carrot, pear, beet, broccoli stem, potato, apples, turnips, and more into spiral or ribbons. (Psst – and it’s less waste than a traditional manual spiralizer. Which means more veggies on the table and less in the compost.)

1. A programmable pressure cooker

chefman stainless steel pressure cooker

Chefman 9-In-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, $99.99

Trust us, once you’ve tried cooking with a pressure cooker, you’ll wonder how you went so long without one. This 9-in-1 cooker makes getting weeknight family dinners so easy! It can pressure cook, slow cook, make rice, steam veggies, sauté, make soup, and even make homemade yogurt! It really is an all-in-one appliance! Put all your dinner ingredients in, set the time, and do what you need to do until dinner is ready.

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