Take the stress out of your day and get excited about dinner again -- with a little help from the Dinner Ladies. The evening, when time and patience are at their shortest, can be the worst part of the day to have to throw a meal together. The solution is a repertoire of reliable dinners that can be made ahead of time, to stock in the fridge or freezer. It might be on the weekend, it could be late at night or in the morning when the baby’s asleep. If you can find half an hour a couple of times a week, you can prepare a few dishes and stick them in the fridge or freezer – then, every time you pull out one of your delicious, homemade dinners you will congratulate yourself on your foresight and wow everyone you know with your efficiency. After all, it takes just as long to make one curry as three, it’s as quick to measure out a tablespoon of spice as a teaspoon, and a few pounds of meat cooks in the same time as one. The Dinner Ladies contains 170 recipes to cook now and eat later. Real-food, crowd-pleasing favourites such as spiced slow-cooked lamb shanks or Madras beef curry; veggie-focused 'thinner dinners' such as chickpea burgers or spinach filo pie; and homely desserts such as apricot, raspberry and coconut crumble or vanilla-scented rice pudding.