Are you looking for a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today? Ok, let's be honest. You really want an easy dinner because you forgot to take the damn meat out of the freezer. It's all here for you. Actually, it's not all here. We don't have a single margarita recipe and, in my world, that's a crime! Read more
You know how I know it's Spring? By what I eat for breakfast. As soon as my kitchen starts filling with sunlight before 6:30 am (about a few weeks now), I make the switch from heaping bowl of overdressed oatmeal (I'm never conservative about my toppings ) to Greek yogurt parfaits. It's basically one of the golden rules in our home alongside all TV switches to reality programming at 9pm and Easter/Halloween/Christmas candy changes ownership from kid to parent after four days. Oatmeal and Greek yogurt are the perfect canvasses for tailoring my morning meal to my ever changing cravings. Each, in their own right, have there nutritional benefits (my steel cut oats are loaded with fibre while Greek yogurt is a protein powerhouse) but my toppings are another way for me to satiate my cravings as well as ratchet up the nutritional value of my morning meal. (There are the mornings I dumb it down with the inclusion crushed up chocolate eggs leftover from Eater but we don't speak of those days.) Plus my add-ins always keep the dish fresh–never the same-old, same-old.
Do you ever time out for dinner? It's what happened to me last night. I got home late and with Scarlett's ever increasing list of homework as well as her shower and bedtime pressing down on me, I was under the gun to get dinner on the table in 20 minutes. If not, the whole night would be a disaster. And by a disaster I mean me hitting my limit and having a mental meltdown. There's a certain wall I reach every night when my reservoir of patience dries up. I need to complete our nightly routine before I reach this wall or it all goes South. Then I can no longer politely ask anyone to "please take your dish to the sink" or helpfully remind a distracted homework participant with "you need to stay focused on your work." Instead I turn into an irrational lunatic trailing off on some lecture about how "I used to have a life that involved dry cleaned clothing and cocktails" and how "I don't work for anyone in the house", including the cat that suddenly seems demanding too.
I'm really not a fan of kid's menus. Have you ever noticed how they always have the same five things on them? It's a rare restaurant that doesn't feature some kind of combination that includes chicken fingers, mac and cheese, pizza, hot dog and hamburger. Oh, wait, I forgot grilled cheese and that godforsaken endless side of French fries. Those are all there too. I know kids are creatures of habit but, honestly, do we not want to have something a little adventurous? I mean, at least for the sake of the moms. I swear I'd be 5 to 10 lbs lighter if I didn't have to finish the fries on Scarlett's plate or make that other half of grilled cheese go away when we dine out. I think it has a lot to do with how I was raised. I grew up in a household that preached finishing everything on your plate. Plus, as an adult who witnesses the ongoing wastefulness of children (ever have to throw out a whole roll of toilet paper because it was unwound and waterlogged?), I just can't, in good conscience, let gobs of food go to waste. So I eat it–One fry at a time finding home on the pillowy cushion of skin above my bra strap. Damn back fat! And damn those crappy kid's menus! Most restaurants are now just French fry pushers to me.
Have you seen our new Youtube series yet? Lunch Ninja started about a week ago but really it's the result of months of thought, lots of help from pals and almost three years of lunch packing. Laura and I are cooking up lots of other video series but we're quite smitten with our first. We wanted to come up with a series that would give you guys some ideas for lunches outside of the ham & cheese sandwich box as well, hopefully, a laugh out the endlessness of the task. If you like these videos, we hope you'll share them and subscribe to our Youtube channel. We promise that so many more fun things will be coming there over the next few months! Read more