Take tonight for example. With the new baby, she is becoming pretty fussy around 4ish. This is prime time to start dinner for me. Of course, at 3 weeks old the baby gets top billing, but the rest of the family is slowly fading from starvation. So, here I am with a fussy newborn and a crew of irritated children(and mother in law) waiting impatiently for their grub.
The answer? Use the freezer meals that the Kitchen Fairy put up before having a baby! Yea me!!!
Tonight, we had goulash. It wasn’t fancy, it wasn’t that pretty, but it was super easy and cleanup was a snap, since it was frozen in a foil lined pan. I am genius! Dinner was a matter of me going to the freezer this morning, pulling out the pan(which included the directions for cooking, right-on-the-foil. Everyone recognized the dish and I had to merely heat and serve.
There is something to be said for a little preparation. Add to the meal, a jar of home canned apricots and some bread. Food fit for a king, queen and 5 assorted royal kidlets.
Try to eat at least one item out of your food storage every day. Make it a habit to shop the pantry first and don’t be afraid to keep the meals fairly mundane. It is all about the family time anyways. The nutrition is a bonus!