Jamie and I get take-out, a lot. So much so, that conversations like this happen:
Olivia: What’s for dinner?
Olivia: Are we going to pasta pantry or somewhere in the city?
Me: Olivia! I’m making pasta! At home!
It’s something we struggle with, something that we’re working on and something that we’re trying to plan better – as we try and get out of the routine of restaurant eating that we’ve gotten into over the past year.
The struggle, I think, is in my all or none mentality. The mentality that if I’m going to make dinner; everything is going to be made from fresh ingredients, from scratch.
Something that I’m working on, is creating these easy dinners with ingredients that give a little – maybe crab cakes from a box instead of the homemade version that take thirty-five minutes I don’t really have in the afternoon.
Getting dinner on the table with chicken caeser salad and crab cakes, with garlic bread? It will do – even if we did buy the three loaves of garlic bread from Costco and the crab cakes are from a box.
The all or nothing mentality – that if I wasn’t going to completely make the meal from scratch using ingredients that I know where they came from, it does nothing but prompt me to call Jamie before he leaves work to grab something on the way home because yet again, I didn’t have the hour to put into making dinner.
This week, we’re three out of four for cooking dinner at-home, sadly, a record over the past couple of months. Getting rid of the all or nothing mentality, taking advantage of a balance of convenient, pre-made foods and services like Click and Collect from Superstore, I think we’re on the right track.