I don’t know about you, but one of the ‘chores’ of being a mum that I absolutely loathe is thinking of what to feed them every single day of my life! By ‘them’ I mean my family. The effort and coordination it takes when you have to decide what meal to cook that ticks all the boxes:
- will it be edible?
- is it healthy?
- is it free from all ‘yukky’ items? and
- does it contain at some meat i.e. it can’t be “rabbit food”
Ticking all those boxes is, quite frankly, a boring, thankless and stressful task. Sometimes I almost beg my husband just to tell me what he wants for dinner. In those moments I am quite prepared to cook whatever he asks for. Just so I don’t have to make the decision!
Before you ask, YES, I have heard of Pinterest. I spend a good portion of my afternoons pinning delicious looking meals and menu plans etc, but realistically I don’t have half the ingredients of the “how to feed your family for under a fiver! You can check out my Pinterest Board here.
I mean, really? Who keeps stuff like turmeric, buttermilk, cumin, asparagus, or canola oil just randomly in their pantry? And don’t get me started on all the contraptions that are required to blitz, blend, crush, or otherwise pulverise the food you’re meant to be cooking.
Do most normal family kitchen’s really have EVERYTHING?
Safe to say, easy and convenient is more my style.
My food is boring!
My husband gets frustrated at having that same ten different meals shuffled around. Understandably, he also doesn’t like the same thing two nights in a row either. For example, if one night is mince and rice, then he doesn’t want rice the following night too. Which is fair enough I suppose.
One of his favourite meals is chicken fajitas. But the kids see the dish of chicken and peppers and just start whining and gagging. Inevitably they then end up filling up on chicken pieces, bland dry empty wraps, and cheese.
My Go-To Family Meal
There is only ONE dish that I do that everyone is happy to eat! Chicken and Rice. Normally the chicken is done in a creamy sauce, and I will still spend a good five minutes per child picking out mushrooms for this one, pepper for that, and all the onions. That said, at least by the time I get to eat my food (after jumping up at least five times to get something that has been forgotten – i.e. juice/water/napkin/spoon/fork/turn tv off/let cat in/shut the bird up ) they would just about have cleaned their plates and asked for more.
Add to this the fact that my husband and I always try to eat more healthy meals. My role in this is to cook more healthy well rounded meals with very little (preferably no) carbs and more fresh veggies etc. This never really lasts though because I’m the only one who is willing to eat salad and veggies without pulling a face or gagging! Or feigning hunger after the meal is finished.
Chicken and vegetables!
So for tonight’s culinary feast I will be preparing chicken breasts chopped into bite-size pieces, baby potatoes, and colourful veggies including carrots and peppers, which according to Pinterest I can then just roast all together in one pot for 15 minutes.
I’m certainly not holding my breath. I suspect that after taking all this time trying to decide what to feed them, and the effort in making this delicious healthy family meal, it will be followed up by a family size bag of crisps, between two of us. Obviously only once the kids are in bed and we’ve set a good example!
Update: Check out my One Pot Roast Chicken And Veg! They loved it!