Getting dinner on our table is my biggest struggle of being a working Mama. I have no idea why it's so hard for me but it is, so let's discuss. I'm hoping you all have some magical ideas and solutions.
A couple things -
- we've tried Hello Fresh but it still takes 30 minutes to make each meal and my idea of fun after work is playing with Molly Anne and spending quality time with her, not being in the kitchen while she's all over the house causing a ruckus.
- we think it's important to eat as a family and not feed Molly Anne first then after she goes to bed, we eat. One thing I remember from growing up is eating dinner as a family and we want Molly Anne to have that memory. To each their own on this...
Some Sundays I meal plan, load up my Harris Teeter Express Lane cart on the app on my phone and place the order. But then, I have to find the time to make each recipe and that is the hard part.
I like to meal prep for the week on Sunday during nap time. That sometimes doesn't happen if I have other more pressing things to do or I sit down for 30 minutes on a weekend (gasp!)! The reality is, I don't always have my act together.
IF, and that's a big IF. If I meal plan and do realistic (aka FAST) meals, I try to make them after Molly Anne goes to bed, for the next day. Last night I made chicken enchiladas (via rotisserie chicken - fast!) so I can easily pop them into the oven tonight and serve with a side salad. This sounds ideal but doesn't always happen.
Kevin thinks it's cheaper to eat dinner out every meal instead of spending $200/week at Teeter and never having any meals to put together. It's funny because one of the guys in my office was complaining about this exact same thing yesterday about his wife. What Kevin doesn't understand is that:
1. that's not true, it's cheaper to eat at home
2. it is not enjoyable for me to take 18 month old Molly Anne out to dinner every night (can I get an amen?)
3. it isn't as healthy to go out every meal
4. I've been at work all day and the last thing I want to do when I get home is to go right back out
Truth be told, he has somewhat of a point because we do throw food away at home if it goes bad. But overall, I'm standing by what I think is true - I don't think it's economical or healthy to go out for dinner all the time.
So, we've compromised. Hello Marriage 101! We like to break up the week by going out one time (usually either Wednesday or Thursday night) and then we usually go out once on the weekend for breakfast or dinner.
Occasionally (aka every week lately), we order off the Chopt app and I run in and grab our salads. Yesterday I even left my purse in the car and I was literally back in my car within 30 seconds. Can't beat that. I've also heard about the $15/$20 weekly meal deals at Fresh Market and the $14 rotisserie chicken, two sides and cornbread deal there. And Whole Foods has a similar family meal plan. I've bought premade dinners at Pasta and Provisions (a local Charlotte place) and those are easy and good. Zoes Kitchen is also easy to order from on the app and run in to pick up.
So, tell me how you do dinners!!!! Help!!!