As a working mom, it's always crunch-time once we get home in the evenings and have a limited time to prepare dinner, among other things. I cook a homemade dinner 5+ nights a week and we try to avoid too many pre-made preservative-ful dishes.. One of my go-to dinners is breakfast, for dinner.
These hashbrowns, although not the most healthy alternative, are a convenient option and a pantry item I keep on hand.
Random - T is currently obsessed with these graham cracker sticks for a snack. They are in the shape of little bones, so he's constantly asking, 'After nap have pup-pee dawg bow-nes?' In fact, I wrapped two boxes up for Christmas gifts; easy to please. :) He's also been really into helping 'cook', so he'll pull his step stool up to the island and either help or just snack and check out the mail - including, as you can see, gun magazines. :)
Have you ever heard this little trick to picking good avocados? Pop off the dried stem and look at the patch underneath, it should be a nice yellowy-green, with no brown. Any brown in that patch indicates bad spots within the avocado. I've been using this method for a while now and it proves to be a pretty reliable, consistent indicator.
Tyson got this for Christmas and it's great for letter recognition, as well as what sound that letter makes. For example, when you put the letter magnet in and it sings, 'T says tuh, T says tuh', then it uses a word that starts with that letter in a sentence. I love that he'll play with it while I'm making dinner, keeping himself entertained; and we'll sing or talk about the letters or words, or just simply be in the same room together.
This particular evening I had spinach to use up, so I thought throwing it in the scrambled eggs with some parmesan would be a healthy (sneaky) addition for something different. Unfortunately the Mr. didn't really go for it, and T didn't seem to eat them up as easily as he normally does so I think I was the only fan of that experiment.
What are some of your quick, easy, stand-by dinners?
How do you keep your kids entertained while cooking?