In this season of my life, I have been having a very difficult time with getting dinner on the table. I am fine until the evenings when I get “morning sickness” and out of energy. I just am not any good for anything by this point. It would be nice to be able to just purchase healthy foods from some of our local restaurants like Panera or some hibachi, but that would not be very feasible…nor frugal. And you know I’m frugal! LOL! I can’t leave my household in a lurch either, so I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to make sure that they are still nourished as well as be able to get my rest.
I have come up with three different solutions: Use the crockpot, homemade pre-cooked meals, and ask my husband to grill. The first one is sort of a gimme. I set the food in there around 12 pm and dinner is ready at 6. Woohoo! Great job, Me! And my family still thinks I am awesome because they are fed even while I’m in my bed. Now, Kym? What is this homemade pre-cooked meal? It’s something like a casserole that you have made previously and placed in your freezer for later use. Or maybe you are a canner, and you can a batch of homemade beef stew. Lately, my go-to has been my homemade meat sauce. I’ll make a batch that will make 6 different meals like lasagna, spaghetti bolognese, or our favorite, baked spaghetti. I make it, bag it and freeze it. Then when I know I want to use it for dinner, I thaw it, dump it, heat and eat. Another great meal that has even feed unexpected company while I’ve been unwell. So my last answer may or may not be for everyone. Our household LOVES grilling. We are the family that is outside when it’s snowing and smoking a few slabs of ribs in the middle of the flurries. It can rain, it can be freezing temperatures, it can be an extremely hot day. We are grill-happy and not ashamed to admit it! LOL! But the reason I say I “ask” my husband, is because some of his work days are really tiresome and busy and he may be just as drained as I am by the time he gets home. So I show him some common courtesy by just seeing if he feels like grilling. A lot of times, he’ll call me requesting that I prep some grill type foods. Those days are definitely a win-win for me.
Have you had a time in your life where you were ill for a few days? Bed ridden? Immobilized? What did you do for meals? Would you share a recipe with us? I’ll share one in a later post. Until next time folks…