This post has been sponsored by Schwan’s Food Delivery™. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I cook most nights for my husband, Longe, and I. We have a baby on the way in July, so dinnertime is going to look a little different soon!
I’ve been racking my brain in preparation of how to spend less time cooking and more time with each other and the new baby. Here’s what I’ve come up with!
Order from Schwan’s Food Delivery
I’m taking a cue from my mom and grandma and buying a chest freezer this spring. Longe is oddly excited about this, and he has convinced our neighbor to install an outlet in our condo’s storage space so we can house it there.
Our plan is to stock the freezer with plenty of options for balanced meals, which I have a feeling we’re going to need to keep up our energy. We will also have family visiting and they will need to eat, too!
Schwan’s will make this easy with their large selection of meats, vegetables, and sides that we can keep in the freezer for busy evenings.
Schwan’s graciously sent me some of their products to try, including Signature™ Boneless Pork Loin Chops, Vegetable Fried Rice, and California Blend vegetables.
Longe grilled the Signature™ Boneless Pork Loin Chops, which stay so juicy on the grill.
While he did that, I heated the Vegetable Fried Rice in a skillet and steamed the California Blend Vegetables in a saucepan. You can also heat the vegetables in the microwave, but they’re faster on the stovetop!
The California Blend vegetables come in a resealable bag, which I really appreciate. I’m always rummaging in drawers for chip clips so this saves me a step!
Best of all, dinner was done in less than 20 minutes!
Ordering from Schwan’s is really appealing for this next stage of our life because I can order food at my convenience via the Schwan’s app. I can also schedule a convenient delivery option, and there are no memberships or subscriptions to deal with.
I’m also excited that Schwan’s deliveries allow me to stretch out trips to the grocery store. I usually grocery shop once per week, but having some staples in the freezer from Schwan’s will let me shop in-person less often.
Prepare Meals in Advance
Last fall, I posted 10 tips for taking a meal to someone who just had a baby. In that post, I shared a handful of meals that can be frozen, like my Simple Baked Ziti and Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas.
In anticipation of the new baby’s arrival, I’m planning to stock my freezer. This will include some of the Schwan’s meals that we love. This is my version of nesting!
This is a great way to save time, know that you always have a meal ready as back up, and that you won’t be disappointed with the options!
Create a Repertoire of 30 Minute Meals
Dinnertime often sneaks up on me, like last night when it was 7pm and I hadn’t started anything for dinner. I love a good 30-minute meal for nights like this. Schwan’s meals are a great solution here due to the prep time being less than an hour!
For the nights you have a little extra time to prep food, my Sheet Pan Fajitas are one of our favorites. The recipe calls for both chicken thighs and flank steak, but I usually opt for more chicken thighs and skip the flank steak. I serve a salad or corn on the cob on the side and call it dinner.
Other quick meals include tacos, pasta, stir fry, and chili. I’m planning to make a list of 30-minute meals that I can consult when time is tight!
Use Your Slow Cooker
The slow cooker is one of the best kitchen gadgets. If I know I’m going to be gone all day and dinner will need to be quick, I put something in the slow cooker in the morning.
These Italian Beef Sandwiches, made in the slow cooker, are a favorite at our house.
Beef stew, pork shoulder (great for stuffing into tacos!), and beef roasts are good options for the slow cooker because they benefit from low and slow cooking. Schwan’s has endless options of quick-cooking sides that would pair perfectly with these.
Make a Plan
I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted hemming and hawing about what to make for dinner. To avoid this, I create a meal plan each week, make my list, and shop accordingly. Sometimes I’ll switch the order, but I stick to the plan and it saves the daily headache of that age-old question of, “what’s for dinner?”.
Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear your hacks and ideas or advice for cooking with a new baby! Share them with me in the comments below or on Instagram!