Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Gazing at stars and stubbing my toes.
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You do have a busy schedule!
If I know that my DH will be having to do some cooking, I try to prep things and create the meal plans for him so that it is simple and he doesn't have to try to get creative after a long day at work while juggling a toddler. One of the areas that he finds most challenging is incorporating vegetables in an appealing way.
Roasting a chicken is very simple. That can be one meal with mashed potatoes and a warm steamed veggie. Then the chicken can be used in other meals throughout the week; chicken burritos, chicken pizza (from a ball of whole wheat dough in the freezer), chicken and polenta, chicken soup, etc.
I soak beans, bring them to a boil, and then into the crock pot. Then they can be served with rice and sauteed kale, then rolled into other meals; chili, refried beans on tortillas, etc.
I make a big pot of 7 vegetable tomato sauce that I place in small freezer containers. They can be taken out, thawed and used as the base for pasta sauce, chili, "enchilada" sauce, soup, etc.
I put the meal plan onto our google calendar that we have shared access to. That way, if he has any questions about it, he can ask me ahead of time. I also place all of the ingredients together on one shelf of the fridge, so that he doesn't have to search. I can also ensure that we have everything that will be needed that way as DH is very literal and is not comfortable making last minute substitutions.