a hack to adulthood: have a list of super easy dinner options for the nights you JUST CAN’T.
in my life, those nights fall into two categories. the first is: “I just can’t imagine having to cook”. if I don’t make a game plan for dinner each weeknight, a crazy day plus the overwhelm of having to “decide what’s for dinner” will send me quickly into category one. our solution is usually to order takeout or dine out, after what can only be described as an adult temper tantrum (which are quieter and only slightly less dramatic than a toddler’s). category two is much more extreme, it is: “I just can’t imagine having to cook, can’t get it together enough to go out in public, and even looking at a takeout menu seems overwhelming”.
before kids, the solution would be to skip dinner all together in a protest to adulthood.. only to later find myself snacking on miscellaneous items in the pantry. now that two adorable little humans count on me, I have to get it together enough to at least feed them. the solution I’ve come up with involves a trip to aldi for a take & bake cheese pizza ($4.99) and cutting up any vegetables in our refrigerator to throw on top.
the cheese pizza is inexpensive, good + takes only 14-16 minutes to cook. that’s sufficient. the nutritional value could be debated. so, in no more than an effort to know “I’m feeding my kids vegetables,” I decided to go one step further + make it a veggie pizza. we typically have some variety of fresh vegetables (or frozen) on hand.
have littles? get them involved! I chop up an assortment of vegetables. EAT THE RAINBOW! after the veggies are chopped up, I put the knife away and slide a step stool to the counter. our toddler happily climbs up to counter-level and “decorates” the pizza.
on the off chance, I’m the only adult that occasionally loses steam at the thought of cooking dinner after a long day, let this simply be photographs of pizza. if not, this could be an option for your next JUST CAN’T evening.