Dear GreenSmoothieGirl.com: I’m a working single mom. I know you are, too. How do you make breakfast, lunch, and dinner for your family?
Answer: I don’t spend a lot of time doing things that don’t matter. I’ve just learned the high-impact things that ARE worth my time. I also teach my kids how to cook and clean up, and we all pitch in and take turns.
Green smoothies are a high-impact item. Once a week making a gallon of kefir, and a big roasting pan of granola, also high-impact and worth my time. Making a salad for dinner is another 5-10 minutes that is worth the effort. Those are the things I do every day. Sometimes, but not always, I’ll make a quart of salad dressing, something from Ch. 3 of 12 Steps, to last several days. If I don’t do that, then a splash of raw apple cider vinegar and olive oil dresses the salad, with maybe a sprinkle of Trocomare and/or kelp. I spin my romaine in a salad spinner so that the salad dressing “sticks” instead of getting diluted with water at the bottom of the bowl.
And then, I keep my dishes simple when I do cook, and I often double batches, having some for a second night, and some to freeze. Before I go to work, I take a pint of pesto sauce or an 8″x8″ pan of wild mushroom rice bake or a Tupperware of vegetarian chili out of the freezer. Once a week we end up having “leftover night.”
Whichever child I need to spend some time with, I’ll often call into the kitchen to help me. I have a child who loves potatoes, and she likes to come in and scrub some potatoes while I make a salad. While we do that, we catch up on what happened to her that day at school.
Speaking of that, I have a brand-new YouTube video out about how to get your kids invested in nutrition. They have to care about it, themselves, if you want them to leave home and do what you’re doing (prepare and eat whole plant foods). Here it is:
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