Do you ever feel like if you have anything planned in your afternoon or early evening you can’t possibly cook a dinner for your family? I used to feel that way and those nights were nights when we’d order pizza, take out, or worse, I’d buy some processed meal that was quick to make. I still have those nights when all we have time to do is pick up a pizza, I am human after all. I’ve realized, however, that with a little planning ahead and early day preparations, I can still prepare a real-food meal for my family in a short amount of time. It saves money on take out and the more real food we put in our body the healthier we are.
I had one of those crunched-for-time days last week. We were planning on going out to get our Christmas tree when Meghan woke up from her afternoon nap. I knew that once we got the tree and got back home, time for dinner prep would be minimal. I used some of Meghan’s nap time to do some prep that would help cut down the time it would take to prepare the dinner when we got home. This was the perfect meal to do this with, and I was even able to multi-task when cooking dinner and help with the tree.
I love ethnic foods and curry is one of my favorite flavors. This was a perfect dish for a cold (almost) winter night.Print
This dish was a hit with Tim and me. Meghan liked half of it. I served her everything separate because she tends to shy away from things that are all mixed together. The vegetables away from the sauce didn’t have much heat at all so I wasn’t worried about that. Meghan’s still going through her little I’m-Not-Going-To-Eat-Vegetables-Unless-They-Are-In-A-Smoothie stage, so while she normally loves cauliflower, she didn’t eat it. She didn’t touch any of the orange vegetables, which didn’t surprise me because even in her good-eating phases, they are not her favorite. She ended up eating some of the quinoa and all of the chickpeas. She carefully pierced each one with her fork and ate it–it took quite a while to eat every single one on her plate, but she was determined.
It’s amazing how just doing a little prep work early in the day can make dinner so much quicker and more smooth. While I was cooking, Meghan danced around, so excited about the Christmas tree, while Tim hung the lights. See? I was totally able to sneak away from the kitchen while dinner was cooking.
Meghan loved helping put on the ornaments.
At the end of the night, we had a healthy, delicious dinner and a decorated Christmas tree.
And I was a happy mama (who smiles too big for pictures).