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well, in an attempt as a working mom to realize not only can I not dictate every moment I am not with my children, I don't need to stress about it the whole time I'm gone. They are in safe loving arms and will be as well cared for as with me.<br><br>
OTOH, I come home from work and say frozen pizza again for dinner? no bath? ERRRRRR......now he is a good daddy, a very good daddy and a good husband. He doesn't see food the way I do and THAT IS OKAY. these are the things I have to tell myself. It is hard to find a lot of junk food in our house so I am pretty much okay with whatever they do eat but today it was like a lightbulb went off in my mind as I was at the grocery store. Get healthy foods, prepare them and voila! not only do I not have to worry about the diet, I am freeing him up from making it and that helps him out. Now, before this is read as he should have to hold up his end and all - he does. He just doesn't hold it up in the exact way I do and I need to stop criticizing him in my mind for that and just recognize that we do it differently.<br><br>
So, I'm probably the last working mom to think of this but today I bought (mostly with my 3 year old in mind)<br>
individual natural applesauce<br>
string cheese<br>
strawberries I washed and cut up when I got home<br>
oranges I washed the skins and sliced into wedges<br>
grapes I washed and put in with the other fruit<br>
sweet potatoes I put in the oven<br>
eggs I boiled 1/2 doz and stuck in the fridge<br>
big container of banilla yogurt that I mixed up into other large containers of plain to "water" down the sugar<br>
carrots I washed, peeled and quartered and put into easy to grab jars in the fridge<br>
For a couple of days, there are ready to eat healthy foods that work great for me to as a nursing momma.<br><br>
what a morning. all the prep took about an hour and I fed my babe in the highchair and my 3 yo colored and we chatted.<br><br>
he also discovered mixing banana yogurt and mushed up cooked carrots makes great baby food for ds2<br><br>
after lunch, into the bath tub with all of us. Bath time got taken care of, dh doesn't have to be overwhelmed by it tonight, I got to soak in a hot tub.<br>
A win win win situation!<br><br>
I'm looking for more ideas to simplify things. Whatcha got?
 

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I've been working on trying to do a couple of weeks bulk cooking at a time. That way all I have to do is remember to pull it out of the freezer before I leave for work. I always hae breaded chicken cutlets on hand to make into chicken parm. or just to have with some steamed veggies. I have a baked ziti in the freezer ready to go and my husband also likes monteray chicken so I try to have that on hand along with pre-sized portions of meatloaf, lasagne & anything else I can think of that will freeze well.<br><br>
I am not always successful but it has helped on the what's for dinner front.
 

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Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? They have awesome prepared fresh and frozen items - some are organic. There is a great variety - I got shrimp fried rice, chicken stir fry, byrani (sp?), sushi, hummus, mini ww pitas, bagels - they have all sorts of things. These things would be easy for your DH to throw together, or you to when you get home. I also love the book "Saving Dinner" (of Flylady fame), but it involves more cooking. If you don't have a TJ's, you could buy similar food, but their prices and quality are exceptionally good.<br><br>
It is great that you are taking the perspective of helping your DH instead of making him the enemy. I'm sure it is tough to be home with 2 little ones all day long!
 

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I think if she's freezing it pre-portioned, it is probably already cooked. I am pretty sure if you are doing a whole tray, though you can freeze it either way.
 

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My DD's 4 and we still bath together just cause its a huge time saver.<br><br>
I do lots of individual frozen foods - I don't mean individual portions, but frozen corn, peas, pre-cooked frozen chicken, blueberries, rice, beans, noodles etc etc. They're not overly processed and make it supereasy for me to add veggies to what we're eating. Lots of nights I'm just adding frozen veggies to pasta or soup. I also make big batches of things like beans, rice, noodles, and freeze them. Then I toss 'em in the fridge to thaw them in the morning. Making rice or noodles is too much when I get home. We aren't all home before 7PM and usually don't eat til 8.
 

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We:
<ul><li>Buy good-quality frozen foods</li>
<li>Cook in bulk on the weekends (lots of soups!)</li>
<li>Do a lot of crockpot cooking</li>
<li>Cook a large amount of one thing each night (one night, veggie dish, one night starch, one night protein, etc) and build a variety of meals that way</li>
<li>Give ourselves a break every other week or so and get takeout or cook a frozen pizza</li>
<li>Shop the sales - when chicken breasts are on sale, we buy 10 lbs, etc.</li>
<li>Freeze all our leftovers for quick meals</li>
<li>Freeze precooked meat - chopped chicken mostly - that can be mixed with other quick ingredients for simple one-dish meals</li>
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We bought a deep freeze when I was pregnant so I could freeze bm long-term, and it allows us to really stock up on stuff we've cooked in advance.
 

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Oh, I just bought a pressure cooker this weekend. The slow cooker thing never worked much for me, but I'm excited about how to cook foods FASTER! I will have to find 30 minutes to figure the dang thing out first.... Will report back on either how its changed my life or I need new dry wall in my kitchen! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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