Post by Jessica R.
Back before I had kids I’d start thinking about dinner somewhere around 4:30pm. I’d head to the store after work and, basket tucked under my arm, I’d shop for the four or five ingredients I needed to make whatever had tickled my fancy earlier in the afternoon. Then I’d head home and make a lovely meal.
That lifestyle is clearly a thing of the past. Any mom will tell you that to venture to a grocery store with kids in tow minutes before the evening witching hour is just asking for trouble. Tantrums nearly always ensue and odds are, in your haste to vacate the premises before unmitigated disaster unfolds you’re going to forget a key ingredient or four.
In our home we try to plan a week of meals over the weekend and do one big grocery run on Sunday evening. When that fails we just wing it, which inevitably means we eat a lot of no0dles over the course of the week or unfreeze something that has been lingering in the freezer for way too long.
Aside from not always having time to put together a weekly plan, we also face the repetition issue. Come Sunday afternoon I’m usually too busy to sit down and look through cookbooks and find new recipes, so we tend to rotate the same five over and over again. It’s gotten to the point where my husband doesn’t even need a shopping list any more; we always get the exact same things.
How do you deal with the dinner question? Do you also have five meals you rotate again and again? Or have you found the solution to making tasty original meals for your family?