Surviving Dinner – Part of the Mission

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

Surviving Dinner sure lost its regularity, didn’t it?  I’ve certainly gone through a lot of my ideas, but I do still have a list of several I’d like to post.  However, when I thought that my husband’s crazy schedule meant I would have quiet evenings and more time for projects, cooking, and blogging…I was wrong.  So that’s my excuse explanation.  Moving on.

Last Sunday I sat in my car in the grocery store parking lot.  It was cold and rainy.  I had just returned from vacation and then a quick camping trip, and I was worn out.  We were completely out of food but it seemed like so. much. work. to get myself and my son out of the car, across the parking lot, and into the store.  I actually sat there and tried to calculate whether I could stretch my grocery budget enough to just get take-out for the whole week.

Let’s see…if I spend $15 for dinner each night and save half for my lunch the next day and I think coffee at the gas station is about $2 and…oh good grief, just get your rear end out of the car.

So I did, and proceeded to linger in the frozen foods aisle staring longingly at the taquitos which require pretty much zero work.

By some miracle I managed to end up with a cart full of groceries that represented a week’s worth of reasonably healthy meals.  At least three of them came from this series.  God bless the smartphone.

Why do I bother?  Why do I spend a good chunk of my Sunday in the kitchen to end our weekend with a nice Sunday dinner, or pull together something decent on a weeknight, or drag myself into the grocery store when I have no energy left to give?  Especially when the rest of my family would be perfectly happy with a frozen pizza or a little burrito love from Qdoba?

I’ve realized it’s because I look at it as part of my mission, my purpose, my job in my family.  I feed them and when they love it, I’m happy.  When I serve something healthy, I feel good about it.  This is one way I serve, and take care of, my family and it’s important to me to do it right.  Even if I am dead tired.

That’s the reason I do Surviving Dinner, to help us women do our job – and do it well – even on our “off” days.  It’s part of our mission.  Recipes resume next Monday!

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.

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