The most stressful time in my house is the 20 minutes before dinner. My kids after a full day of pre-school are hungry and just want some mom-cuddles. Yet, I feel stressed to get food on the table to prevent future hungry melt-downs.
Enter my favorite meal hack: this $10 ice cube tray, dubbed the 'snack box.' I fill it with whatever healthy food I have around. The kids can choose what they want to eat and are far more likely to eat veggies out of it than with dinner. (They once devoured a box filled with cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus.)
This buffer takes the pressure off of getting food on the table immediately. I also don't stress about whether they eat the dinner menu since they already have veggies in their tummies.
What are your hacks for meals? I'll take all the help I can get!