I told someone this week that we are busier post 2020 than we were before and I wonder if that busy-ness was in reaction to the lack of activity in 2020. It could also be just because my kids are older, too.
I was spoiled by that time of being able to plan a menu for the week and have everyone together to eat it, grocery substitutions notwithstanding.
But now … I never actually know who will be home for dinner, and often the answer seems to be no one.
Feeding people who aren’t home is not inspiring.
Feeding those who are at home favorites of the one who isn’t is a struggle – both emotionally for me and sadness for them.
I’ve considered some options. No one really wants the main meal during the mid-day, and between jobs and college that doesn’t solve the main problem either.
I also acknowledge that it won’t be long before I’m cooking for just two; and after 20 years of cooking for 5 that will be a shock to the system.
So … do you have favorite ways to feed 5 people who are are spinning around one another? Leftovers generally get eaten; leftovers that can be packed in a lunchbox are even better.
I probably just need to get over myself.