Being a mom to two toddlers makes life particularly interesting. I am a busy lady but I also laugh a ton. I change a lot of diapers but I also get a million hugs. I hear a lot of squeals and screams but I also hear “I love you” numerous times during the day. It’s an intense life, but it’s mine and I genuinely love it — except around dinnertime.
Recently, dinner has been stressing me out! I know I am not alone in this. Hard-working people all over this country come home, and the last thing they want to think about is prepping and cooking a meal. It’s overwhelming some days.
This week’s column is all about saving you time and stress when you come home at dinnertime. Rather than ordering out or whipping up something artificial in the microwave, I am here to offer you a solution that has been making my life a million times easier during the last few weeks. Rather than focus on one particular fresh ingredient, I am offering you a way to cook a few meals using an array of only fresh ingredients. My favorite part about it all is that it is easy. The only dishes I wash are the ones we eat with and my cutting board. The rest is balling up the tin foil.
I am married to a meat and potatoes guy. Luckily, he has branched out significantly since meeting me, but he still lights up when we have some kind of meat, some kind of starch and a vegetable. So when I started piecing together easy meals using that formula, he was on board.
— Allison Willson Dudas