Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Busy Mom Tip #7: Be Flexible

This may be a no-brainer, but I had to share anyway. My meal plan produced more food than I expected—that was one big beef roast—so I've decided to take a day off and skip making a meal tonight, so I can focus on using up leftovers. There's roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, there's more coleslaw mix (I cheated and bought a bag of shredded cabbage, which surprised me with its freshness), and we also have some beef salami and leftover crostini toppings (green olives and fennel or sun-dried tomato tapenade), which would make a great addition to a sandwich. Some of the tapenade has already started a new life as salad dressing—just mix it into some oil and vinegar for an instant, flavourful salad topper.

We also have leftover orzo primavera from yesterday. It was surprisingly not a kid favourite, but I loved it. I suspect D's lack of interest had to do with his eating cycle. He piles it in one day (a.k.a., the day we had roast beef he ate an entire slice of roast beef, several forkfuls of potatoes and gravy, tasted his coleslaw, and proceeded to clean us out of steamed carrots and green beans. I eventually just placed the cooking pot in front of him and he ate every single veggie. Then he ate a scoop of chocolate ice cream). Reflecting on his meal, I figured he had probably just consumed his entire recommended caloric intake at one sitting. So I shouldn't be surprised that the next day he wasn't too interested in eating.

Can't decide whether to have the bean burritos or the pork stir-fry tomorrow...leaning towards the bean burritos, since the fresh veggies for the stir-fry will probably last til Sunday, and stir-fry leftovers aren't all that great.

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