He can have the weekends, though, thankyouverymuch.
So how does a girl who had no good domesticy guidance and who possesses no affection for the act of cooking manage to keep her family alive without Chinese takeout five nights a week? Aha! I'm going to tell you!
Sucking. It. Up.
Yeah, you heard me. The first thing you gotta do is suck it up. Not "Oh man....I gotta make another meal? What the heck? This is so unfair..." 22 nights a month. Because that's just gonna make you and everyone around you miserable and doesn't actually make you not have to do it. Amiright? Right.
Once you swallow that whatever-it-is (maybe it's pride, maybe it's insecurity, maybe it's frustration) you can do a little advance planning.
That's the sound that brakes make in cartoons.
Because I'm about to say this: Stop right there. I have never actually made a "meal plan" a single time in my whole life. If you're already doing that, THIS SERIES IS NOT FOR YOU AND I BOW TO YOU IN YOUR DOMESTIC WISDOM. What I mean is you have at least a general idea of the kind of stuff you can make quickly, preferably on the cheap, and the kind of things you need in order to make that stuff so as the witching hour approaches (you know, that horrible time after naps but before daddy gets home), you can make a decision about what you'll be
And that's where this little series comes in. Because I, the most culinarily challenged woman I know, have recently managed to go sometimes 5 whole days in a row without demanding that we purchase pre-made food from a local eatery. And if I can do it, I know you can too. But before we get to the recipes and timing and all that good stuff, here are two things everyone should have in their kitchen:
A bread machine ($5.99 at Goodwill. Just do it.)
A slow cooker (again, check Goodwill. Yes, just do it!)
If you don't have them, go and get them before I publish the