Being a mom can be a full-time job, on top of your full-time job. Our life is particularly hectic with two kids, a husband, and being a business owner. Cooking for a living means there is no regular, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 shift. And sometimes, after you’ve cooked all day, you’re wondering what to make for dinner when you get home. And I’m sure many other moms, regardless of what they do outside of being a mom, often ask themselves the same question.
Sometimes it’s tough at the end of a long day to not just go for the fast food takeout; but we need to rely less on this and more on healthy eating. How do you find the balance, though?
I’ll let you in on a little secret from our home kitchen – just because I cook for a living and sometimes make elaborate meals for local events, doesn’t mean the meals are as elaborate at home. Most nights at our house, we keep it simple with a salad and a protein, or pasta, or a casserole, even pad thai, and occasionally, we will eat out. But enjoying a meal at a restaurant should be about finding time to relax and enjoy it as a family, not as a means to an end.
Here’s another secret: by the time you stand in line at a takeout place or sit at a drive-through, order your food, and get it home, you would have had enough time to make a simple meal. Instead, use takeout as a treat instead of a necessity – it’ll be easier on both the wallet and waistline.
Making a simple meal starts with choosing recipes with five ingredients or less and consider taking some time on Sunday evening to make a menu for the next few days, then you’ll also know if there are any groceries you need. You can even prepare some recipes in advance – like cutting vegetables for the next evening’s meal or making a big batch of lasagna and freezing it for a future meal.