At the end of a long day, preparing a fresh, healthy dinner might be the last thing you want to do. And when the kids are threatening to revolt from hunger, you need something fast. I like to place a vegetable tray out with some light dip, just so that you and children are not searching for something to munch on while preparing supper.
To save time, plan a month's worth of menus at a time, and prepare several meals in advance over the weekend. Each morning, pull out the frozen meal or the ingredients for a quick meal to thaw, so all you have to do when you get home is pop it in the oven. Keep several types of lettuce and bottled dressings on hand to round out your prepared meals. Your slow-cooker can be your best friend when you're managing three kids and a career. While the kids eat breakfast or get dressed, toss some meat, veggies, seasonings, and water or broth into the crock and let the cooker do the work all day.