Sunday, January 31, 2010
First: I leave work at 4:30 and pick Liam up by 4:50 or so. I'm lucky, my schedule is usually pretty flexible so I can make up the 45 minutes or so working on email and whatever after Liam goes to bed. And, Liam has a snack when he gets home if he wants one. I know. A snack at 5:00 or 5:10. But, that's how it goes. It doesn't take much to keep him upright until dinner. Favorites so far are a small dish of plain yogurt (with honey), a little hummus and some partly steamed carrots, and part of a whole wheat tortilla with melted cheese and cilantro leaves. I try to avoid fruit and stick to things with protein. So far this has not stopped Liam from generally eating a pretty good dinner and it buys me some time to focus on getting something actually cooked, and (usually) the dishwasher unpacked.
Second: I've stopped trying to figure out everything we're going to eat a week ahead (which has never worked for me) and instead use categories of food to navigate the week. This is our current rotation.
Monday: cook something flat. Flat things cook fast. This is usually fish, or pounded chicken cutlets.
Tuesday: leftovers and broccoli. We try to eat broccoli twice a week, it's some kind of super food or whatever; plus everyone likes it.
Wednesday: vegetarian or whatever is hanging around needing to be cooked or looked good in the grocery store over the weekend. Wednesday is often a stir fry and rice.
Thursday: salmon. This works well because Liam goes to school on Thursday and his school is right by the big grocery store, so I can zip in and get the fish plus anything else we need for the rest of the week on my way to get him. If I don't get the fish, Thursday is often some kind of pasta.
Friday: pizza! Or something else really easy.
Saturday: cook's choice.
Sunday: something that will yield leftovers for Tuesday. We've had pot roast, roasted chicken, lasagna, and today a chicken pot pie.
I wrote the rotation on my chalkboard/magnet wall. (Thanks Auntie Chris and Mom for the help with painting.) Big fun: this week, you can eat along with us. Tomorrow is chicken, carrots and orzo.