Trying to coordinate everyone’s schedule isn’t always so easy at dinnertime for busy people. Most people try to have their whole family sit down for dinner every night. However, when it comes to dinnertime for busy people, it takes a bit of organization.
Even planning ahead doesn’t always work out due to varying schedules. But you can at least plan the actual mean. And well, hopefully everyone will eventually make it to the table.
If you work from home, that doesn’t always solve the time issue either. In fact, you’ll find that you won’t have as much free time as you originally thought you would have.
And for those with small kids at home, dinnertime for busy people takes on a new level of stress. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Assuming you’re the one doing the cooking, try cooking in 10-20 minute sessions throughout the day. You may find that by breaking up the effort, you’ll be able to get office work done. And dinner could be on the table around 7pm.
There’s also another upside to cooking in sessions. It’s a stress-free way to get the quality family dinner you crave without going bonkers.
Here’s a quick and delicious recipe to try at dinnertime for busy people.
Roast Chicken with Cabbage, Lemon Asparagus and Grits:
1 cup sour cream
2 bunches asparagus
6 tablespoons butter, separated
1 cup instant grits
1 whole chicken, giblets removed, approximately 3 lbs
1 large head of green cabbage
3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
1: Spread 1 tablespoon olive oil into the bottom of a 12” cast iron pan. Core and cut cabbage into 1” pieces and snuggly fit them into the bottom of the pan.
2: In a small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Season the cabbage with salt and pepper. Place chicken, breast side up, on top of the cabbage. Brush on 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Snap off the ends of the asparagus and place on a sheet tray.
3: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place chicken in the oven and roast for 45 to 60 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165 in the breast. Spoon the remaining butter over the chicken as it roasts.
4: Thinly slice lemon and place on a sheet tray with asparagus. Drizzle asparagus with olive oil, season well with salt and pepper, and spread everything out evenly.
5: Once the chicken is cooked through, remove from the oven. Transfer chicken to a platter and flip the cabbage. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until the cabbage is nicely browned with some crispy edges. Transfer the prepared asparagus to the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender.
6: Meanwhile, make the grits according to the package directions. Finish grits by stirring in sour cream, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, salt and lots of pepper.
7: Transfer chicken, asparagus, and grits to serving bowls and enjoy!
If you’re not in the mood to make your own dinner, you can always order for delivery. In addition to platters, our dinner delivery options include salads, sandwiches and more.