Friday, September 10, 2010
Feeding the family
That didn't happen that often, especially as my schedule and my husband's took us late into the evening for our busy jobs. Our children, home and settled for hours, might have snacked on cereal and milk before we got home with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Yes, I confess.
You're tired. And busy!
Everyone wants to eat something else.
So, you stop at a drive-in and you pick up dinner.
Does that happen to you often?
You only need a few things and one weekend to get ahead, I found out. Oh, and extra money! To stock the pantry and the freezer you need to shop in quantity. Hope you can get ahead really soon!
Stock your fridge and pantry with these ingredients:
Too tired to cook? Scramble eggs, cook some veggies, pour a T of dressing over them, add a roll and you have dinner. Don't even think of stopping off and picking up fish and chips. Once you do, your habits form, and you become a slave to others' cooking. All that extra fat and sugar will add up over the years!
Have time once a week? : Bake a meatloaf, a whole chicken, a pork roast. Now, you have food for dinners and lunches. Meatloaf sands, chicken wraps, pork stir fry. The trick is to have a couple of things on hand for those nights when nobody has the willingness to prepare a meal from scratch.
I always made my meaty spaghetti-sauce over the weekend and made enough extra sauce to use the rest of the week, or freeze for a night when I had nothing to cook.
You don't make your own spaghetti sauce? Nothing will taste as good as a homemade sauce. (I promise, it will come up soon in a new post!)
Let your kids help. They will throw an extra ingredient that they like in the sauce, and just that addition would let them like the dish.
Make meal planning family learning times. The kids can download a recipe, collect and get everything on the counter, and will assist you in whipping up the meal. When you do cook together, you'll discover all kinds of things going on in their lives.
As my children got older, their job was to put something I had assembled right in the oven and have it cooked by the time I got home. We had lots of casseroles like the one above.
Feeding your family doesn't have to consume you or your pocketbook.