Out of clean dishes, and it's almost time for dinner? You could wash some dishes, or, you could have a Finger Food Buffet! Tonight, instead of washing, and then re-dirtying, 4 plates and 4 forks, I piled all the ham on one platter, stuck it in the middle of the table, and we all went to town. I actually didn't even make any proper side dishes today. We just ate our ham with slices of homemade bread, and had some apple slices for dessert. (We eat well-balanced meals most of the time; one slightly lopsided buffet isn't going to hurt anyone.)
Added bonus: The kids think they have won the dinner lottery! They get to eat all the ham they want, and they get to eat with their fingers! I'm the best mom ever!