Some nights I can’t wait to stand in the kitchen, stirring my favorite soup or cutting zucchini into perfect rounds. Other nights I dread that dinner isn’t magically on the table at 7 PM.
We are into week 3 of the dinner challenge, and I’m tired. I’m used to getting dinner on the table in 20-30 minutes, but following a new recipe or creating a new dish takes time and patience that I often don’t have. We are also in this weird place where Raffi gets his bath and is in his crib by 7, but my husband often doesn’t come home until 7. This is what my evening schedule looks like:
5:00 PM- 5:15 PM nurse Raffi
5:15 PM- 6:00 PM Make Raffi’s dinner and prep our dinner, cooking up the parts that Raffi will also eat (ex. sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli)
6:00 PM- 6:30 PM Give Raffi dinner. Try and convince Raffi that food is delicious. Clean up the high chair, floor, and baby.
6:30 PM- 7:00 PM Bath, nurse, read a book and put Raffi to bed
7:00 PM-8:00 PM Trig comes home. Finish dinner. Eat. Help Trig clean up from dinner.
That is basically 3 hours between 5-8 PM solely devoted to meals. If I’m making a new dinner, you can add another 30 minutes to that schedule. I’m not complaining because I love being back in the kitchen trying new dishes. I just don’t know how sustainable it is.
Here’s our menu this week:
Sunday: crab cakes (new recipe), steamed broccoli
Monday: lamb burgers, sweet potato fries, salad
Tuesday: breaded chicken (new recipe using either crushed nuts or shredded coconut), zucchini and peppers
Wednesday: spaghetti with meatballs (which I made last week as my new recipe, doubled and froze half)
Thursday: leftovers, garbage salads
I do wish there was a way for the whole family to eat dinner together though. I think it would be a good example for Raffi, and it would save a lot of time.
Do you eat dinner as a family?
What time do your kids go to bed?
How’s the challenge going for you?
I don’t think I can push Raffi much later than a 6:30 PM bathtime and 7 PM crib time.
The dinner challenge is open to anyone interested in participating. For 6 weeks we will challenge ourselves to put dinner on the table every weeknight, trying out at least one new recipe each week. Here’s week 1 and week 2. Sabrina, of RhodeyGirl Tests, had her first boy in September 2011 with her husband Trig. At the time of this post Raffi was 6.75 months old, and dinner was stale. You can read other related posts on her blog.
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