Can Cheerios and Milk be Considered a Balanced Dinner?
There’s one question I struggle with each and every day. It’s not “what should I wear,” though it was for many years. It’s not which route will have the least traffic or did I remember to turn off the stove, or why is my computer so slow. The question that constantly plagues me is what can I put together for dinner? Yes, that’s right, “put together.” I’m past worrying about what I can “cook,” as anything that involves oven time is reserved for holidays, birthdays, and the occasional dinner party.
When I get home from work, my kids are famished, I’m exhausted, and the last thing I want to do is spend time fussing in the kitchen. I prefer to use my last burst of energy for playing. Friends have suggested that I cook several meals on Sunday to use throughout the week. Every six months or so I get motivated and cook a lasagna that gets lost in the freezer until the next time I get motivated. The kids would be perfectly happy to have micro waved mac-n-cheese every night – and frankly so would I. But no matter how I dress it up, the June Cleaver in me tells me that mac-n-cheese for the fourth night in a row simply won’t do.
So I wonder: Can we can have breakfast for dinner, is tomato sauce a vegetable, and will my kids be permanently scarred if they come to believe that dinner comes from the pizza delivery man?