I was texting with a friend whose husband is in South Africa covering Nelson Mandela’s funeral. She has four kids, and I asked her how everything was going.
I was expecting her to say that things were tough with her husband out of town but instead she wrote back that she was really enjoying not cooking and cleaning the house.
I laughed because my house cleaning and meal preparation have also been lax when Michael is out of town.
I wrote back that I had served my children cereal the other night for dinner because we had a chorus concert to get to. She wrote back that was her “plan” for the next night. She had served jarred sauce and pasta that night. I had served that the night before. (Please see my later blog entitled: “Enough with the Christmas concerts! – We have been to four in one week! )
I told the story to my girlfriend in Taipei whose husband is also out of town, and she replied that she had stocked up on chicken nuggets and soup.
Lately Michael has been in town for a few week and then gone for a few weeks. What I find is the first week I am on top of things and my meals are up to par — roast chicken, fried rice, baked ziti – but then by the second week, we are down to a lot of frozen meals – like Stouffer’s lasagna that I can just throw in — or convenience items like pre-chopped butternut squash or prepared salads.
We had another concert this week that I made a overnight blueberry/almond french toast. I prepped it all the night before and then baked it at 4 p.m to eat at 5 p.m. so we could leave by 5:30 to be at the school for the concert. It was much better than cereal but not much harder to have ready on time.
Does your menu change when it’s just you and the kids? What are your go-to meals on busy nights?