I'm a firm believer that cooking and eating at home is one of the best ways to save money. It's also a great way to serve your family nutritious meals.
By the time late afternoon rolls around, though, I'm sometimes too tired or too involved in other things to want to stop and cook supper. Sometimes, if I eat to much for lunch or eat lunch too late, I'm still full as evening approaches and the last thing I want to do is cook.
I've found, for me, the best time to cook supper is before lunch. If it's a meal that won't hold well for the day, I like to make most of it early in the morning, cool it a little, then stick it in the fridge to reheat just before serving. If it's something that will hold well, I try to make it late in the morning, then put it in the Crock Pot on low, or in a barely-warm oven, to hold until it's time to eat. This works especially well in the winter when we tend to eat a lot earlier in the evening.
I had fallen out of this habit over the summer, and there were just too many days when dinner didn't get made well (or at all, sometimes) because I got busy with chores and activities outdoors. I've recently reestablished this habit and I'm glad that I have. My days flow more smoothly now, and there's a lot less temptation for us to go out to eat, call for delivery or skip meals in lieu of snacks and junk food for dinner.
When do you prepare dinner for your family? Does anyone else like to cook early in the day like I do?