However long summer days completely ruin our routine, we are naturally a family that eats later, we like to sit together and chat about our day. The other issue I have is the boys are quite fussy, and both have completely different tastes in food. So yes I am one of those Mums that cooks different meals for us all. The boys don’t like many dishes with sauce on, they like plain food. When Jack was younger we used to insist he ate what we put in front of him, every mealtime was like a war zone. It became so stressful that I used to dread mealtimes.
This has had the reverse effect on the boys, they eat healthier, eat all I put in front of them. And are gradually becoming more adventurous as they are getting older and as their pallets are maturing. Food has stopped being the enemy and mealtime is a time that we all enjoy each other’s company. Rather than stressing about them eating a certain dish that they are insisting they don’t like.
I don’t have a set pattern of hours I finish work at a different time every day of the week. Some days I don’t arrive home until 6.30 so we do need to cook convenience food some nights, on these nights I feel it is important to get the right balance, I try to keep in frozen fish, Joe loves Salmon and Jack Cod, they both love rice and I ensure they are getting plenty of fruit and veg. They also love wraps so I tend to serve these with Chicken nuggets, and lots of salad and fruit, I think this is their favorite meal.
It is important to have some convenient, nutritious and tasty options in the freezer for quick meals during the week. This way I can cater for everybody’s tastes and dietary requirements and still have time to sit down to a family meal, and talk about the events of the day. This to me is one of the most important times of the day. Time when my family are all in one spot, focused on talking to each other without the influences of social media, T.V, games and toys.