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Food & dining

How multitasking parents do it all, including weeknight meals

Moms are masters at adapting. They’re nimble, efficient multitaskers who can get dinner on the table in a hurry. Even if it’s not perfect, it’s dinner.

With time squeezed on weeknights, there are various strategies. Some moms cook a few days’ worth of meals on weekends, some prep the night before or early in the morning, others repurpose leftovers into new dishes. Slow cookers, zipper bags, and freezer space all save the day. The lucky ones enlist a husband, partner, or teenager to cook or shop or do both. The smart ones understand that these aren’t their mother’s suppers because these women aren’t leading their mother’s lives. Modern moms buy chickens fresh off the rotisserie, potatoes already mashed, vegetables that are chopped, and pizza dough shaped into balls. Let someone else do the kneading.

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