Since my daughter was born I have tried different ways to pre-make meals for us. I have mastered breakfasts with egg casseroles, pre-made breakfast sandwiches, and even the occasional pre-made french toast. Lunches usually consist of sandwiches, cheese and crackers, or leftovers. And dinner, for the most part, has been left up to my husband since I am at work and don't eat until I get home much later.
When my daughter was younger he would strap her into her high chair with some frozen sweet potato or other long lasting portion on dinner while he cooked. He would talk to her all the while about what he was preparing for them. Now, as my daughter's ability to sit still has decreased, we find ourselves scrambling to try to get decent dinners for all of us.
Yesterday as she napped I decided to try cooking some casseroles. I was honestly a little worried that the noise of clanging pans would wake her but it didn't. It took me an hour because I was testing out a new recipe but I was able to make one casserole for a client and a small one for my family.
As I cleaned up the kitchen I debated if this would be something I would be able to do at least once a week for my family. Would it even be possible to make and freeze some dinners if I can get ahead? I used to make meatballs, calzones, and hamburgers up ahead of time and freeze then to make easy, microwavable, home cooked meals. I know it is possible if I can commit at least one nap time a week to this effort.
I'm grateful to try and succeed yesterday. I'm grateful to be making a renewed attempt to pre-make healthy meals for myself and my family. I'm grateful for to ability to share to food. I'm grateful for the love that is baked into home cooked meals. I'm grateful for the pride I get when I get tasks like this accomplished. And I'm grateful to decide to do my best to make this a regular habit again!
What is your favorite home cooked meal? Who would you take the time to cook a meal?
May today remind us the importance of nutrition and food baked with love. May we find the time to do the things that support our health. Have a beautiful day!