Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Food is kind of my thing. The house won't be cleaned for days but you will have a good, healthy meal in your belly. Meal preparation for a family of 6 (ok..Griffy isn't really eating yet)..takes quite a bit of work. After 16 years of marriage, I think I have it down. I'm all about planning. On Sunday, I could tell you what we are having for dinner on Friday...ok, pizza..I just told you that...but you get the idea. I spend the weekend looking through cookbooks, magazines, and online recipes to figure out what we're having for the week. I take into account nights that are busier than others..like Tuesday. Tuesday I drive kids all afternoon...CCD, ballet, baseball..so that night is usually something in the crockpot or something that I've made in advance. For me, there is no worse feeling than wondering what we're having for dinner at 5:00. Heck, I don't like to feel that at noon.
My meal planning doesn't just stop at dinner. There are 2 other meals plus snacks during the day that I have to consider..I told you this was time consuming. For breakfast I usually feed the kids pancakes, french toast or oatmeal...usually with fruit that has been pre-cut. I will make up the pancake batter the night before. I make Steve's lunch the night before also...yes, I pack his lunch everyday..unless he has a business lunch out. Usually he takes a salad, hummus/veggies, yogurt or leftovers. Stephen buys lunch everyday...Hannah and Will both bring their lunches everyday. Neither one of them has ever bought lunch. Let's stop and do the math here...That's 15 breakfast's and 15 lunches Monday through Friday. That's a lot of food! Hannah usually takes soup, yogurt, hummus/pretzels, salad, or grapefruit...Will has a ham/turkey sub. Now, that's just their lunch...there are also 2 snacks each in there. I don't do pre-packaged snacks, cookies etc. I do my best to make homemade banana breads, muffins, cookies.
O.k, so they've had breakfast and lunch and they're now home from school. Snack time. Usually it's a smoothie..we make a lot of these. Yogurt, fruit, flax oil, protein powder....I need to mix these up a bit though. Time for a smoothie cookbook! And a new blender..mine is on it's way out.
We hardly ever eat out...it's too much work and too expensive for our whole family to go out. Plus, I'm a bit of a food snob I guess. I get nervous about who is touching my food back in the kitchen....weird I know. So, here we are back to cooking dinner. I try to change up the meals quite a bit. We don't eat a lot of meat...I try and cook fish at least once a week. I could eat it every night but the rest of the family wouldn't be happy. In the winter I do a lot of soups, stews and crockpot cooking. I have a great crockpot cookbook that isn't all that Campbells cream of crap...it's all real food...It's called....Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook...I'm too lazy to get up and find the author for you right now. I'm sure you could google it if you're interested or if anyone is even reading this still. Anyway, in the summer we grill..a lot...
So when someone asks me what I do all day long while home with the baby...I'm cooking, planning, shopping, cleaning up after cooking, putting groceries away...man that is a lot of hours put into our meals! But, it's my thing...scrubbing floors is not my thing.
When I get it together I'll post recipes....I LOVE blogs that have their menu for the week on the side. I need to learn how to do that! Computers aren't my thing either...it's amazing I'm even here.