How I feed myself, John and my daughters is important to me. Good and fresh cooking is one of the ways I take care of myself and my family. Since my daughters are still very young, I feed them well by limiting the amount of processed food they eat. I don’t deprive them of anything, but I just limit how much of junk food they consume.
In the past, when I was a stay-at-home mum, I cooked three times a day. I must confess it was time-consuming – but I love cooking. So for me, it was not another task to be endured.
But now, as a working mum, I don’t have the time or the energy to make three meals a day. I’ve had to simplify everything in my life; even the way I feed my family. For example, instead of packed lunches for my daughters they now have school lunches. They love this because they get to eat things that I wouldn’t necessarily give to them. Not that there is anything wrong with what the school feeds them, it’s just that, often they feed them with foods we hardly ever eat at home like lasagne.
Another way I’ve simplified things (but still making sure we eat good, tasty and nutritious food) is by waking up early to prepare our dinner. I find it very difficult to cook a tasty meal after a long day at work, doing the school run and every other thing that comes with parenting. In the past, I’ve burnt our dinner!
This morning – as I type out this post – cooking in my oven for dinner tonight is John Torode’s Hearty Chicken Casserole. It’s going to cook all day while we are out, and when John gets back home at about 6.30pm we’ll all sit down and have a meal together. BTW, we do this every day.
The trick to feeding your family well is getting organised. I buy fresh food – especially meat or fish – in bulk and freeze it. My pantry is full of all types of grains and my freezer is full of frozen veg and fruits. It makes things easier!
I bulk buy so that I have no excuse not to eat well or feed my family well. Doing this is also a way of saving money.
I must confess that there are days that I’m not organised enough to cook dinner. On such days, we either defrost leftovers, buy a pizza from the supermarket, or go out for a meal. The most important thing is that we all sit down as a family and share a meal. This is the time where we get to talk about our day.
As a parent, how do you get organised? I’m interested in hearing how you manage your meal times.