5 Weeknight Meal Shortcuts



The most effective managers know how to delegate tasks to get the job done in the most efficient way possible. Take this bit of business savvy and apply it in the kitchen the next time the kids whine for dinner. Toddlers can carry napkins and placemats to the table, while older children can be entrusted with silverware, plates, glasses and condiments. Also, enlist the help of other adults, even if they're not keen on the kitchen. For example, grilling aficionados can take over the main course by presiding over hamburgers, chicken, steaks and kabobs as they cook. Making dinner preparation a family affair takes the pressure off the chef and helps everyone feel involved. Now, if only there were a way to make washing dishes more enjoyable!