This working mom stuff is tough. One of the hardest parts... dinner time.
I work until 5, then rush to pick up Henry from daycare. By the time I get his things gathered up, give him some snuggles, and get him in the car, it is 5:30. Then it is another 15 minutes until we are home.
And what time does Henry go to sleep? Maybe 8. Lately, it is more like 7:45. And in that 2 hours, we have to make dinner, eat, feed Henry, do a bath, play, snuggle, and put him to bed. I feel like the evenings are a race. It is a test to see if I can get everything done before he melts down. Ever tried to feed a sleepy baby? We just end up with food ALL OVER, rubbed into the eyelashes, smeared into his hair, etc.
I completely understand why some people either wait to eat until after the baby goes to sleep OR end up eating out/processed foods. It is HARD to make things from scratch in a hurry.
But I am getting better at it. And the main thing I have been trying to do is keep it simple.
- Ham (already fully cooked, just warmed up), with mashed potatoes and peas
- Baked skin-less bone-less chicken thigh filets (so easy, juicy, and almost impossible to make up) with ranch potatoes and green beans
- Grilled pork chops with cheesy rice and any vegetable
Sometimes I will make things ahead of time on the weekend and then just pop them in the oven during the work week. Tuna Noodle Casserole is perfect for that. Shepard's Pie is another favorite in our house.
And never discount crock-pot meals.
Unfortunately, Phil is getting tired of the old standbys. I kind of am too.
Do you have any good, quick recipes?