Down with dinner time!

Down with dinner time!

Last week, for some strange reason, I decided to cook a salmon and leek pie for the kids dinner, from scratch. I have a 12 week old baby, two boisterous boys and dinner time in my house has always been the most stressful time of the day. So why on earth did I think it was a good idea to cook a salmon and leek pie from scratch?! Why would I do that to myself?!

Needless to say, it was a disaster. The baby was screaming, the boys were rolling around on the floor fighting and the dog was constantly under my feet, waiting for anything I might drop.

Somehow (please don’t ask me how), I managed to produce a pretty darn good pie, it even had fish shaped pastry made by the boys on the top (my weak attempt to distract them from pummelling each other!)

Feeling relieved that I had managed to produce something edible that was hearty, heathy and homemade (there have been an awful lot of chicken nugget or fish finger nights since baby arrived!) I served up said pie to the boys.

“Yuck, I don’t like leeks”. FML!

This went on for around 45 minutes. 45 minutes of my beautiful pie being bad mouthed, poked and prodded around the plate, with peas being thrown across the table until I finally gave up. Naturally there was no desert dished up that night.

I vowed there and then (possibly in a crazed, stressed, over tired mum manner) that I would not be cooking dinner for my kids for a while. I expected the boys to be shocked, but was instead greeted with them hugging and cheering (yeah, thanks kids).

Despite my dramatic announcement that I was downing the kitchen utensils, I merely meant that for a few days I wasn’t going to add to the stress of dinner times by attempting to cook from scratch, actually I wasn’t even going to attempt to make any dinners with multiple aspects!

That sounds awful doesn’t it? But it’s really not. To ensure that I don’t turn my boys into walking talking fish fingers, I have now stocked my freezer with kids meals from a lovely local place, who do homestyle dishes which you can cook from frozen, all healthy and no nasties (they also do 10% off for new mums, so I figure that I’m not the only one in this situation!)

I’m having a couple of days off, and I am doing so guilt free!


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  1. November 16, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    I think this is a great idea, sounds like you’ve got your hands full without adding cooking a dinner from scratch! And why do they always have to prefer fish fingers to a dinner that you’ve slaved over for hours!!!!

    • November 18, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      So annoying, huh! Thanks for reading. x

  2. November 16, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    I feel your pain. Dinner tea is such a busy time of the day, and it sounds like you certainly had your hands full…but hey you did it! You should be proud 🙂 I love the idea of this food pleace, wish I could have my meals cooked for me, I’m constantly skipping them because my little one kips me on my toes. Loved your post 🙂 #justanotherlinky

  3. November 17, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Don’t give up it will all come good, with a house full of teenagers who eat everything in sight now I look back and smile on those days of having my home cooked meals pushed around the plate by toddlers and meal time manners an ordeal, jut don’t try and do it everyday, a few fish finer days in between keep everyone happy! #abitofeverything

    • November 18, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      Haha, I guess I should be grateful for the leftovers for me at this stage. When they’re teenagers I may not get a look in!
      Thanks for reading. x

  4. November 18, 2015 / 12:47 am

    Good for you. I’ve been there. The more time i spend make a meal, the less my son eats of it. Drives me bonkers. Healthy frozen meals sounds like an excellent solution. Good luck- hope it’s less stressful.
    Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter x

    • November 18, 2015 / 8:29 pm

      Slightly less stressful dinner times this week, thankfully!
      Thanks for having me! x

  5. November 18, 2015 / 12:51 am

    So frustrating when you spend hours and they reject it. Frozen healthy meals sound like a fantastic solutions. Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter

  6. November 18, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Good for you. It can be so disheartening to cook something from scratch and then have it not eaten. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • November 18, 2015 / 8:30 pm

      So disheartening! But hey ho, I guess it comes with the territory.
      Thanks for having me. x

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