Family Meal Ideas to Help Military Spouses Manage Busy Weeknights

Studies have shown the benefits of shared mealtimes can be wide reaching, having a positive impact on psychological, social and biological well-being. How? Here are a few examples:

Shared mealtimes for mental health. Mealtimes offer the opportunity to stop, reflect on the days’ happenings, and listen and interact with others around the table. Taking this time to share and connect helps families strengthen ties and build better relationships with one another.  

Shared mealtimes for social development. Mealtimes provide children with the opportunity to observe and learn everything from healthy eating habits, proper table manners to gaining a better understanding of the communication process in a social setting.

Shared mealtimes for physical health. Eating together tends to promote more sensible eating habits, which in turn may help family members manage their weight more easily. In addition, sitting down at a table and slowing down to eat a meal can aid in digestion. Plus, we all know that food is the fuel we need for optimal physical and mental well-being!

Getting a good meal on the table isn’t always easy. With work obligations, helping kids manage schoolwork, and maintaining a household, it can be difficult to prepare dinner every night of the week. This task can be even more difficult if you are looking for meals for picky children

Planning meals in advance, sharing responsibilities with a family member or friend, and having simple meals that the children can help prepare are all great ideas to lighten the mealtime load. Keeping the focus on sharing a family meal rather than preparing an elaborate dinner can also help alleviate mealtime stress.

The struggle of getting a meal on the table can be compounded if you are a military spouse whose partner is deployed. You still have all the obligations and the need to manage the home, but you are having to do it on your own for a time. This can make mealtime one of the most challenging times of the day.

As a military spouse, you need to have a selection of quick and easy recipes you can turn to. You want something good enough to satisfy the whole family without requiring a lot of time to prepare. Meal subscription plans might be the answer you are looking for!

There are many different types of meal subscription plans to choose from – those that deliver fresh ingredients to your door that you prepare following easy-to-follow instructions. Other meal subscription plans deliver already prepared meals – simply heat and eat. If coming up with new ideas for exciting meals, along with finding the time to shop for ingredients, is a hassle – then the ingredient delivery and meal preparation route might be perfect for you.

Check out the following meal options if you are looking for new ideas for weekly meal planning. Some offer meals for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner! We’ve only highlighted a few below, so make sure to do your research. There are subscription plans that run the gamut from home-cooked to more gourmet meals.

Hello Fresh advertises high-quality ingredients sourced straight from the farm, easy-to-follow recipes with clear nutritional info, convenient meal kits that fit perfectly in the fridge, all delivered to your home.

Blue Apron offers delicious, chef-designed recipes, responsibly sourced high-quality ingredients in perfectly portioned amounts, all delivered with recyclable ice packs and packaging.

Every Plate has meal plans for any size household with plenty of “easy to cook” (6 simple step) recipes to select from each week. 

If time is truly tight, and feeding picky kids is your issue, then meals that are already prepared (simply heat and serve!) might be the savings grace you are looking for.

Yumble offers a wide variety of nutritious (and fun!) ready-to-eat kids meals delivered weekly to your door.

These kid-friendly meals come ready to eat and each delivery comes with new activities for kids, “making mealtime a breeze for you and a joy for them”. Now, doesn’t that sound lovely?

With these ideas, families can more easily share a nice dinner together. Not only can meal subscription plans save you time and alleviate stress when you are trying to manage things on your own, but they can also be great for when a deployed spouse is back at home.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to take care of ourselves while taking care of our families. Companies are realizing this need and meal subscription plans can make mealtimes a fun, healthy way to come together and decompress as a family. And if I’m honest, avoiding crowded grocery stores is one item I’ll gladly check off my to-do list!

Stay well my friends.