Take Back Dinnertime: Family Meal-Planning Help

Get tips on how to keep your family members’ schedules in sync and find meals that will work for everyone.

Plan out your week to figure out who will be home for dinner and decide what you’ll be cooking each night. Use Real Simple’s Weekday Meal Planner to organize your menu and your grocery shopping list.

On nights when everyone is eating at different times, make dishes that hold well, such as soups, stews, chili, and casseroles. Try Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn or Cheesy Baked Shells and Broccoli, which can be reheated without compromising flavor or texture. Don’t make lean meats, pork chops, steaks, or white meat chicken; these will dry out and get tough when they’re reheated.

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