is nothing more soul destroying that coming home after a terrible day at the
office, just wanting to get into a bath and order take-aways to feed the five
thousand that call themselves your family, only to remember that not only is
take away food generally very unhealthy for your offspring but it is also mid
month and you can’t afford to pay attention let alone for Pizza. There are
days when many of us just don’t have the energy to cook dinner so here are a
few tips for days when you just can’t face an oven.
up. On days when you do cook always try to double up. Make a double
spaghetti, or roast, double the amount of chicken then place it in the freezer.
It’s quick to defrost in the microwave or if you know you will be home late
that night then take it out of the freezer before you leave for work in the
a Cook Fest. On a Sunday get everyone involved and plan a menu for the week
ahead. Spend a few hours cooking as much as you can and freezing it, ready for
the week ahead.
are a wonder and can transform a truly boring dish into a wonderful feast
with minimal effort. Keep a few packets of different sauces in the house, or
make extra on nights when you are making anyway, then freeze them till you want
to use them. Basic noodles with a sauce will keep most kids happy as well as not
being junk food for the kids. Noisy spouses can also generally be appeased this
Turns. Everyone in the house eats, so everyone in the house can take turns
to cook. So your six year old serves everyone milk and peanut butter sandwiches,
so what? Peanut butter is actually extremely healthy for you. Let them watch
when you cook so they can get ideas. You will probably be amazed at the
imagination your kids appear to possess, even when they ask you to eat jelly
powder on peas.
preparation a time to chat to the kids. Get them to sit on a chair and help
peel potatoes and talk about their days. You will be surprised how much you
learn from these nightly sessions.
are a good option as well, just read the labels clearly to make sure they
contain all the good stuff for your kids and aren’t just junk-in-a-can.