We're a small family and our time together has always been extremely important. We don't over-schedule and we are all home every single evening to eat dinner together unless there is something special going on (outside activity with friends, etc.). I enjoy cooking and putting together healthy from-scratch meals and we enjoy our conversations and food. We don't eat fast food, by the way, but do eat out once a week or so at a sit-down restaurant enjoying appetizers through dessert as entertainment. These meals usually last a couple of hours, so not something we can do every night of the week (time, or money-wise!).
So, the question. Dd (11) wants to play basketball this year. We live an hour from the school and the schedule looks brutal. I won't even go into the homework issue as it's not something for discussion here. My concern for CH is the evening meal. We sit down every night together. While not eating fast food the past couple decades was just a decision, it's now a matter of health. We just can't grab-n-go. Neither can we resort to processed foods to take along or for me to heat-and-eat.
I just don't know what to do and I'm sure you Chowhounders will have some ideas. Some ideas we may be able to use, others not, but I welcome any and all advice. Please - what do you busy families do to nourish your children when you're just not home in the evening?