I thought I was going to get a break tonight - the kids' swim team hosted a pizza dinner. One kid was hungry and went to eat while the other stayed in the water while I chatted with a mom...30 minutes later we went to get our dinner (with DH who'd arrived from work) only to discover there was nothing left (!). One lovely woman gave DD a slice of pizza she was saving for herself, (bad) me went over to the dive team table back at the pool and ate ice cream for dinner (THIS is what kills me...when I have a plan I'm fine, but if the plan fails so do I...), DH went back to work. Luckily for HIM, I had cooked tomorrow night's chicken tonight, so I made him some pasta to go with it and he just had dinner. I had some watermelon and cherries. I'm okay on calories (so no chicken for me) but this is NOT what I thought would happen...sigh...
We try and plan a menu so we know what we're having. We do cook most days. The biggest problem, especially in the summer, is that my husband gets home almost an hour after my daughter and I. So I end up cooking twice. Once for her (and undoublty I snack), then we eat as a couple later.
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And here's a new twist! This morning I put some brown rice on to cook - takes an hour. I left my girls (9 and 11) with two timers set and instructions to turn it off...and of course I called to check but they had done it...they even put it in the fridge later in the day. Another small victory!
I know I can plan on at least one day of eating out. We have gymnastics on Tuesdays that isn't finished until 7:30, so we always get take out that night. Sometimes we might eat out more nights, but mostly I try to stay at home. Most meals are pretty healthy, but my biggest priority is that it be easy to make and easy to clean up!
I do cook just about every night, but I always plan my meals ahead of time prior to shopping. I also try to focus on recipes that are healthy and don't take forever to prepare. Generally this works for me!
Jen "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle
I try to cook a hot meal every other night and planned left overs to freeze and reheat for other nights. Now that the summer is here though we usually get into the salads so if we have chicken and rice one night I would do up extra chicken and then have chicken on a vegatable salad and watermelon or something for dessert. quick and easy are my favorites as 2 nights a week we only have about 45 minutes to get dinner ready and eat before heading out to soccer, etc.
Heather, I cook about twice a week using the crockpot, actually fix a meal twice a week and we do leftovers the rest of the week. By doing this, our food budget has been able to stay the same since I started working. We are able to put most of my paycheck toward saving, our vehicle replacement fund and paying ahead on our mortgage.
Since we are all working moms, I'm sure most of us come home tired during the week from work. What do you do about dinner? Do you cook a meal 5 days a week, 7 days, none at all? I usually cook dinner 5 days a week, unless we have something going on, but sometimes I just want to curl up on the couch after work!
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