Our very own Family Kitchen blogger, Jenny Rosenstrach, and her friends Pilar Guzmán and Alanna Stang share their tips for taking three basic ingredients and turning them into healthy meals for your family. (They’re sure to help you out during that next last-minute dinnertime crunch.)
As friends for more than a decade and fellow editors who launched Cookie, the lifestyle magazine for parents, we’ve watched each other’s children go from breast-feeding to bike-riding.
The more we discussed our dinners, the more we realized how many of our own conversations were consumed by the stress and logistics, and (less often, perhaps) by the joy of feeding our respective broods. Why? Because whether we’re in the make-it-from-scratch or the frozen-food camp, the pleasure of feeding our kids a delicious meal is often replaced by the business of getting the protein-veg-carb triumvirate dutifully down the hatch. Now that we’re parents, those of us who once relished shopping for a single meal from four specialty markets register a wistful disconnect with our former, food-centric selves – and with this shift, we watch our yummy-mummy fantasy of serving our families a Moroccan stew turn into the reality of a not-so-yummy lunch lady serving up a waterlogged hot dog.
Some days you feel like Supermom, some days you are exhausted, some days you fully intend to make the chicken potpies:and never get around to picking up the chicken. Oh, well – there’s always tomorrow.
Our mothers had Hamburger Helper; we have store-bought rotisserie chickens. No matter what the season, they should be strategy number one in the family-dinner playbook.
When it comes to convenience in cooking, peas may be the gold standard. Seriously nutritious whether fresh or frozen, they keep in the freezer for months and cook up in minutes.
Don’t underestimate those Idahos and Yukons knocking around in your pantry. The fail-safe staples are packed with potassium and vitamin C – especially great news for parents whose toddlers are already on the all-white-foods diet.
Recipes reprinted from the book Time for Dinner. Photos by CN Digital Studio. Copyright © 2010 Cond’ Nast Publications, Inc. Published by Chronicle Books LLC.