Like so many other women who are extremely busy throughout the day, the dinner menu always seems to be on the back-burner. And when you’re on the go running errands with the kids, the easier option would be just running through your local fast food restaurant to fix the hunger bug. But instead of packing on the calories for dinner, try some of these tips that won’t have you slaving over the stove all day long.

Make More Than Enough: When cooking, make more than enough for at least two full meals, and cook the elements separately. For instance, sauté or roast more than enough veggies and leave them plain. This will allow you to put them in other things such as eggs, quesadillas, or a casserole later.

Make Sure Your Protein Seasonings Are Versatile: When cooking your proteins, make more than enough and season them so that they are tasty but also versatile. You can cook chicken for about an hour (from frozen) in a big baking dish with about 1/2 inch of water along with seasoning and cover with tin-foil at around 375 or 400 (depending how much time you have).

Store Your Chicken For Other Uses: You can keep your leftover chicken in a storage container that can be used for other meals like our spicy buffalo chicken wraps and for lunch sandwiches later in the week.

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Keep Sauces Out Of The Food: Keeping the sauces out of the food that you are cooking will save you on unexpected or unknown calories later. Leave the sauce to put on after you’ve prepared the rest of your food, that way you know the precise amount you are using and can follow the suggested serving size.

Follow Serving Sizes: Finally, always try to stick to serving sizes in most things and use only one condiment. This will save you on extra calories and sodium.

Left-overs are a popular meal in many families, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.  It saves you both time and money in the long run. So now we want to hear from you! What are some of the ideas and tricks you use to make meal-times more manageable?