A while back, I decided to try and change the late afternoons to free up some time to spend with the kids, in particular with Courtney. With her in school full time, and having to share my time with Jeremy which really means that Jeremy has my complete attention, so she's lost my attention, sometimes I feel like I don't have my connection with her. She's also just started some extra french classes Saturday morning, so precious time lost too. Part of it is her littleness. She still needs a nap in the afternoon on weekends and she still has an early bedtime, 7pm, so there isn't a lot of free time. We probably spend the most time together in the car driving to and from school and that is just lost time. We're either both tired or just wishing to stare out the window. It's strange how my exceptionally chatty daughter all of a sudden has nothing to say in those moments when chattiness would be encouraged. I don't know. I think we are entering the "you drive my crazy" stage. I am dreading the tween and teen years already.
So, what I am re-trying again with more effort is to meal plan. To make all our meals on the weekend so that they only need to be warmed up. At the same time, I'm trying to work on some staples. I have almost always cooked on the go, baking always uses recipes, but cooking is adlib. Every meal is a smidge different depending on what I have in the fridge. I have fond food memories growing up that I would like my children to have the same. Some idea of comfort food other than fast food and kraft mac&cheese. I'm trying new recipes again. Nothing fancy and easy to prepare. I still get a weekly delivery of fruits and vegs so that does make it a bit harder as those freshies change from week to week, but I'm trying.
Doesn't this look good. It's a stuffed veal and mushroom shelled pasta dish. You put cheese on the top, but it looks like boats in a row to me. All lined up to go somwhere. The recipe is from Ricardo, I've tried a few of his recipes and they are always easy and delicious.
What are your staples?