It’s good to have a few meals squirrelled away in the freezer for busy nights down the road. Some people plan ahead and prep meals for a month, while others double up on dinner and freeze half for later. Or if you’re looking for a new kind of dinner party, get some friends together to cook on a weekend afternoon, and bring home a week’s worth of meals for everyone. Getting together to cook is a great way to get a visit in and at the same time, take care of a task that needs to be done anyway - why not start a cooking club and alternate kitchens once a month? Chopping is always more fun with a friend.
Before baby, cooking supper from scratch on a weeknight was relatively normal, especially when two people shared kitchen duties. With a new baby in the house, energy and sleep are at a premium and drive-thru, take-out and frozen pizzas often replace intricate dinners. It’s a rut many new parents fall into, and it’s easy to see why. When a new member of the family takes centre stage in a household, menu planning and shopping forethought can move to the backburner.
Dining out is more than just nourishment that saves you from chopping onions and doing dishes; it’s an experience - an opportunity for everyone to try something new, expose your kids to new food cultures and different types of cuisine, while forcing the family to sit together around the table, free of the distractions of home. There are some restaurants that immediately come to mind when you think ‘family-friendly.’Here are some you may not have considered where you can eat well and experience something new, with the whole family.
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