This last week I took some time to reevaluate my recent menu plans. My least favorite time of day is 4:30 - 6:30pm, when I'm trying to get dinner together and Willow is fussy and wants to be held constantly, but isn't ready for bed. Most days I'm totally stressed out trying to get dinner together and on the table for all of us at the same time.
Dinner time as a family is honestly not a relaxing experience for us right now. Reality doesn't match what I feel like it should look like in my head! Once we all sit down, Aspen and Journey invariably argue over which chair they are going to sit in or who's going to pray. Half the time I hear "do I have to eat that?" or "how many bites do I have to eat?". I have to hold Willow and try to eat at the same time. Holding on a real conversation is impossible, and I end up inhaling my food. Can anyone relate???
So I've realized two things:
1. I need to plan more crock pot/easier type meals for the days we all eat together as a family.
2. I'm not going to feel guilty about the 2-3 meals a week my husband and I eat together without the kids (after they go to bed).
Monday: Moroccan chicken stew with sweet potatoes, couscous, spinach salad
Tuesday: Homemade tomato basil soup with fresh mozzarella, crusty bread
Wednesday: Chinese chicken salad
Thursday: Crockpot falafel, hummus, pita bread
Friday - Monday: Hanging with family for Memorial Day weekend!