One of my favorite things to eat for dinner is cereal. A nice bowl of one of my hippy dippy cereals (currently I am loving Barbara’s Puffins) makes me happy. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy going out to eat but when I’m home, I’m happy with cereal.
But now we have a kid. And Jeremy has visions of all of us eating dinner together as a family (because he grew up doing this whereas I did not so it seems strange to me). Since AM is impressionable, it seems that now is the opportunity to instill good habits and routines.
I’ve read a few things on the web about parents trying their darndest to not become their kids’ personal chef. They try to enforce the “everyone is eating the same meal” thing. And I realized we totally don’t do this.
So now is the time to step up our dinner game. Currently, I feed AM dinner right when we get home (because she starts FLIPPING OUT for some food as soon as we walk in the door). Her dinner is usually pasta (with tofu and cheese). I try to vary this but have only had success giving her the sweet potato/cannelini bean burgers. She seems to hate every other dinner option I’ve tried.
I don’t want to become her “personal chef” and I’d like to give her more variety. But this means that I should probably start eating a more substantial dinner.
So is this the norm? Do most people cook dinner on most nights and eat together (as a couple or family)? This seems so foreign to me. My family only ate together on occasions (like holidays). Otherwise, I’d usually eat something that my mom prepared for me while she watched me eat (she usually grazed all day on Korean food so she never really ate dinner). Sometimes my dad ate with me.
The idea of cooking dinner nearly every night sounds exhausting! How do you do this? How do you make this work and not end up with a boat load of leftovers OR without spending a ton of money on food? We already spend an obscene amount of money at the grocery store.
HELP ME! I won’t be turning to Pinterest for this because I know I’ll just get lost in the world of recipes and then feel so overwhelmed and then so poor after I purchase everything to make these amazing meals.