Warning- I'm going to whine!
Have you ever reached the point where you are just so tired of figuring out what to fix for dinner?
I don't mind cooking, in fact, I really enjoy cooking. (the cooking part, not the actual cleaning up part) I have just had it with trying to figure out what I can cook.
No matter what I fix, I know that someone will be unhappy, and possibly highly offended by what I make for the family to eat. Last week as I was fixing dinner, the whole time I was cooking, I knew that one of the children, upon finding out that night's menu, would say something like "Do you really expect me to eat this?" or "You don't love me. If you loved me then you wouldn't fix food that I don't like!" (and they did)
Or my other personal favorite, the glaring at me from across the table, because the food is deemed inedible by a particular child.
The teenager has stopped these things because he recognizes that any food I make is generally edible, and with a hollow leg to fill, one can't be too picky. (which is a refreshing change from when he was younger and a very picky eater)
Max is still in the stage where he will only eat eggo waffles, PB&J sandwiches and Easy mac & cheese. Occasionally, I can get him to try whatever we're having for dinner, he will try one bite, say it's yummy, then refuse to eat any more.
I have always told the kids that they don't have to eat what I fix, they can make something for themselves, however, I'm not a short order cook, and will NOT fix a different meal for everyone.
Still, I do try to fix something that I know that everyone will like. On the rare occasion when I find something that everyone likes, I put it on my "keeper" list and try and fix it again.
The problem is that we still end up eating about the same 8 meals over and over and over.
These are the meals that I have cooked so many times that I could fix them in my sleep.
There's nothing wrong with these, aside from the fact that I am really getting sick of them!
Every once in a while I will try a new recipe, I tried two new recipes last week, and while I did like both of them, (my husband liked them too) the kids weren't in complete agreement.
The one thing that my family all agrees on is my homemade lasagna. Unfortunately, it takes over two hours from start to finish, and that's just not the amount of time that I can spend on dinner every night.
Something that really bugs me is when I get asked, multiple times a day, by multiple family members, my least favorite question "What's for dinner?"
This bothers me because generally, I have no clue what I'm going to make for dinner until I actually start making it.
Today, I made a management decision, and wrote up a menu of what we will be eating for the week. I've written the menu on our big dry erase board in the kitchen, where everyone can see, and prepare alternate food if they so wish.
I even went a step further and decided what I would be fixing for lunches this week too.
I know that I still won't make everyone happy, but at least I'll know what I'm doing.
What do you do when you run out of ideas or get sick of fixing the same things for dinner every night?
(or is it just me?)