Every week I find it hard to think of what food to put on the table. There’s so much work to do during the week and the last thing I want is to spend hours in the kitchen. To lessen the burden on busy days, I started this habit of food preparation by writing down all the available food we have in the pantry and in the fridge that will make it in my menu plan for the week. It’s only been a few weeks since I tried this and so far I find it really helpful.
- Corned beef
- Milo cereals
- Porridge with fruits (usually banana)
- Eggs and toast
Lunch / Dinner
- Beef stir fry with vegetables
- Roast chicken with vegetables
- Baked macaroni
- Baked or fried fish
- Tortang Talong
Part of the preparation also is to cut the ingredients beforehand. By listing down the recipes, you’ll get an idea on how to cut your meat and vegetables. I place cut veggies in a tight container and place them in the freezer. I also try to cook a bulk of food before lunch time so I don’t have to rush and cook again for dinner. Most of the time I still cook dinner separately but when I want to reduce my time in the kitchen, I choose baked or roast food for dinner.
I try not to put these menu in an actual day-by-day plan so I can use them interchangeably. I find it hard to strictly follow a 7-day menu plan but by listing down what’s available, I don’t have to stress on what food will I serve next. All I need is choose from the list. ♦
We have all been judged in one way or another on our choices in life. I guess one of the many aspects mothers are criticised for is their choice to either work or stay at home with the kids.
I have been both when I fell pregnant with my second child. My eldest was around 1 and a half and during my 10 months of maternity leave, I was a stay at home mum. For all those who are planning to have a baby or have a baby on the way, I tell you now being a stay at home mother is not an easy feat. It requires a lot of organisational skills, time management skills, the ability to multi tasks and a lot more. It’s hard work especially if you are alone with your kids. I was lucky enough to have an almost everyday visit from my aunt who lives close to my place and she gave me a helping hand most of the time.
Now that I am back in the workforce, my current role also requires the same skills as when I was a stay-at-home mum. It is hard work too – getting up early, doing household chores after a day’s work in the office, spending quality time with the kids and doing the same routine again the following day.
In saying so, I guess what I am trying to promote is for each and everyone to see the positivity in the choices mothers make. Please be aware that choosing between working and staying at home is difficult enough plus we are all in different life situations and we always choose to do what is best for our family. For those mothers out there who are torn between working or staying at home, know that your decision will not be a measure of how good of a mother you are. You are good enough.