Especially when the boys are quietly playing together and singing Kum By Yah.
Umm. Yeah, that never happens.
Around here, dinner makes it to the table because I have planned a meal in advance, maybe offered up precious nap time moments to prepare it, or stirred a pot while simultaneously holding a screamer and building duplos with the three year old.
Some days, I am way too exhausted to prepare a real meal for my family.
That's where "Cheater Meals" come into play.
I have a handful of general meal items in the pantry/freezer/fridge and I can put a really quick meal together with them.
Last night I had two kids that desperately needed to play in the backyard (and they must be supervised). Good thing I also had these ingredients on hand:
|more sodium than we usually eat...but way less than a drive-thru meal!|
Box o'rice meal
Package of chicken sausage
Stocked veggie drawer
I quickly diced up my veggies - this time it was carrots, green peppers, zucchini, and onion.
Followed the directions on the box for water (2.5 cups), put it in a big pot to boil and then mixed in the box o'rice and my diced veggies.
Returned the pot to a boil, popped on a lid, lowered the temp to a simmer, set the timer for 25 min. and took the
|lots of veggies!|
I served it with strawberries on the side and everyone was happy!
Even this guy, who is currently cutting his four canines at the exact same time. Poor bebes :(
|nom nom nom|