As times goes on and I get more experience in this journey of being a mom and the one in charge of feeding the family I’ve been able to understand more about myself and how I like to do things in this department.
I’ve learned that I don’t want to have a perfect meal planned for all the days of the week because I know I won’t be able to manage it, it’s just way too much for this busy life!
I plan for 2 or 3 days of cooked meals from scratch and the rest of the week are days we can either eat leftovers or I can snazz up a pre-made meal like a packaged soup or I can put together something quick like pasta with pre-made tomato sauce.
But don’t imagine a perfectly set dining table for four! It varies so much. Sometimes I can’t even sit with everybody because I’m busy finishing up dinner and the kids are starving, so I serve them first and join them afterwards when I’m done. Or sometimes either Derek or me are not home and well, it’s just three of us but we still try and have dinner together.
Today I’m showing you what I like to call an “imperfectly perfect family dinner time”, this one night last week when I served Campbell’s Organic Kids soup, it was one of those snazzed pre-made meals night.
I heated the soup and added cooked chicken, cheese and green onions to it, the kids loved it. Plus I served it with tortillas and avocado on the side. I am loving the fact that one of the packages has Frozen on it, believe it or not with the picky ones (Ahem, Mayita), that helps a lot! As soon as she saw it in the kitchen she wanted it bad!!
Even though we didn’t eat together that night we were all together at the time and enjoyed the family time. The kids sometimes do their homework meanwhile I cook, Derek works a little in his computer and Adrian loves an opportunity to help in the kitchen.
As you might notice, we are making it a tradition and the fact that we are sharing the imperfect moments is what makes it perfect for us. The kids feel comfortable talking about their day, we all reconnect at this time of the day and create more memories.
What does your dinnertime look like? Do you use pre-made meals and soups like Campbell’s? Do you always sit together? Are there rules? I want to know!
Las cenas en familia que son tan imperfectamente perfectas!
He aprendido que no quiero tener un plan perfecto de comida para toditos los días de la semana, porque sé que no seré capaz de implementarlo, es simplemente demasiado para esta vida tan ocupada de hoy en día!
Lo que yo hago es un plan para 2 o 3 días de comidas cocinadas aquí en la casa por mí (como se dice aquí: from scratch) y el resto de la semana son días que o comemos sobras o podemos calentar rapidamente una comida pre-hecha como una sopita o armar algo rápido como pasta con salsa de tomate que viene ya hecha.
Aunque no cocine 100% yo todo igual tratamos de sentamos en la mesa juntos en familia todas las noche.