The following is by contributor Jaimie of Two Chicks and a Hen.
Over the summer, I let our meal planning routines slide. There were trips, food-laden events, picnics, and hot days that simply didn’t inspire me to cook. Now that we’re back into the school year routine, I’m working more, and my eldest has homework for the first time, so I needed to rethink our meal planning, cooking, and eating schedules.
I love cooking, but when I’m under pressure and have a ton to think about and do, it can sometimes feel like a chore. I re-evaluated my approach and discovered several things:
1. Last school year I put too much pressure on myself to serve a brand-new homemade meal every night. I would plan a full, from-scratch meal for every dinner, but I wouldn’t always manage to actually cook them because life sometimes gets too busy. I decided to stop feeling guilty about that and instead embrace a more simplified approach. And we always have leftovers anyway; most recipes are not designed for one adult and two small children.