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getting dinner together is hard work:cut yourself some slack.

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Blog Posts | 9 comments

I am writing this post partly to remind myself what I tell my clients: Life gets crazy sometimes. You don’t have to cook everything from scratch every night to be a good mom. Give yourself a break, rely on convenience foods, or serve fruit instead of cooked veggies, and drop the guilt. If and when you can, getting back to menu-planning, shopping and cooking will be easier.

Case in point, I am working on my final copy-edits for my book. (Just finished part 1, so I figured I need a break.) Dinner last night was fresh fettucini (takes 2 1/2 minutes to cook) with jarred pasta sauce, microwaved broccolini and pork chops that take like, 12 minutes. The night before, M and I were late at the library and we decided to hit up the salad bar at the Seward coop on the way home. Poor Hubby has to “scrounge” for leftovers sometimes when that happens. (Both M and I decided our bodies really wanted a big salad. It still amazes me to watch my 6 year-old pile on a huge salad with all kinds of toppings, gleefully, though she still pesters for popsicles.)

So, tonight, I am excited about making pigs in a blanket! I’ve never made them before, and a neighbor who moved back overseas cleaned out her fridge and gave me crescent rolls. I think they will be delish with our natural casing hotdogs, and I can’t wait. I’ll serve with a big bowl of fresh fruit (since I don’t feel like cooking veggies) and maybe some microwaved peas with homemade pesto our friend gave us. Yum!

What do you do when you are busy to get food on the table, do your kids genuinely love big salads as much as the mac-n-cheese (OK, almost as much)? If they do, why do you think that is? Do you enjoy making “appetizers” or other fun-foods for dinner now and then? What is your favorite?

Another rambly post of random thoughts about food, feeding and eating. Have a great weekend!

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  1. Sylvia

    Off topic, but I heard this interview on PRI’s ever-brilliant “To the Best of Our Knowledge” segment, and thought of you/your blog. Some of what the author said really resonated with what you say, although some of it definitely didn’t. But despite not having kids myself, I did giggle a bit (having enjoyed this blog for a long time) at the interviewee’s suprise to find out that kids who are not pressured to like a variety of foods will often… decide they like a variety of foods! Newflash 🙂

    • katja

      I have heard about this book, and I’ve commented on the French phenomenon recently in the comments on a post. I’ll have to dig this out… Thanks for the link! Yes, kids will like food, when it tastes good 🙂

  2. Twistie

    The other night I was scrounging for a halfway decent meal on a night when I had no meat and few of the things I rely on in a pinch ready to hand.

    Then I noticed I had a box of spaghetti noodles. I had gotten a lovely head of garlic with my CSA box that morning, and I had plenty of olive oil and some pine nuts I needed to use up. Voila! Spaghetti aglio e olio! I chopped up a few leaves of bok choy from the CSA box to go with and put them in the olive oil about a minute before the garlic was finished cooking, toasted the pine nuts, and sprinkled a little asiago cheese on top, along with some cracked pepper. It took about fifteen minutes and gave Mr. Twistie a comfort meal he really needed that night.

    No kids in the house, but Mr. Twistie and I both enjoy a good salad. As long as there are plenty of things to go in it, we adore salad. But we need it to have a lot of stuff in it. I’m planning a salad for tonight with two kinds of lettuce, radishes, roasted garlic, a dash of olive tapenade, and some chopped herbs. Should be tasty.

    I don’t do a lot of finger foods/appetizer style foods. It’s just not something I enjoy doing very much for some reason. I’m one of those people who gets more satisfaction making a big pot or pan of something and serving up portions of it. No clue why, but that’s the way I’ve always been. Give me a choice between a cupcake and a slice of cake, and I’ll go with the slice every single time. Not that I dislike cupcakes, but they always take a back seat to slices of a larger cake for me.

    Oh, and I don’t feel bad on that every once in a very blue moon evening when Mr. Twistie and I entirely punt and heat up microwave meals or make individual sandwiches. It happens. It gets us through the night. We eat something more exciting the next night. No big deal.

  3. E

    mmmmm….pigs in blankets! with peas and pesto and fresh fruit! I may try to replicate that meal sometime soon.

    • katja

      Hmm, well, I haven’t quite figured it out yet, I was underwhelmed alas as the dough wasn’t as flaky (or cooked through) as I had hoped 🙂 Any secrets folks?

      • jaed

        Crescent rolls-in-a-can can be underwhelming in general (they don’t turn out flaky – more like a soft butter roll). If I were making pigs in blankets with them, I might brush them with garlic butter – gives a little more flavor and crispiness. And making sure they’re cooked all the way is paramount ;-). Maybe turn down the heat a little and cook for a bit longer.

  4. cecile

    I have a leftovers night at least once a week, I use a lazy Susan that I put on the table, I place everything on it, and everybody just takes whatever they want… the children love it, and it empties the fridge, too. My kids have different tastes, Chiara LOVES salad, it’s her favorite food, and Lucas will eat anything in a soup: yesterday he had a huge bowl of zucchini, swiss chard, and leeks soup… I made pigs in a blanket for Chiara’s birthday party, along with carrots, cucumbers and cauliflower with ranch dip, they all loved it. Oh, there was pink- raspberry frosted cupcakes, too. I love your ideas !

  5. Robin Marwick

    Great post and a great reminder! The Fat Nutritionist had a nice post recently on a similar theme (my favourite line: “And this is where I become a cheerleader for mediocre cooking.”).