When you have 3 kids doing multiple activities in the evenings, it’s tough to get everyone together for a meal. Some weeks, we may only have 1 day where everyone is able to be together. Many nights 1 or more kids eats quickly and alone. It saddens me that we can’t all sit together all the time, but I do my best to spend time with each child while they are eating to make some kind of a connection. #doingmybestEven on the days where we are available to be together, we are often busy working on projects before dinner or in a rush to do something after eating. It’s important to me to atleast have some sort of a meal together even if it’s in front of the TV or multitasking something. Together in any way possible.Just yesterday, I spent my entire day working around the house on some back-breaking projects and I was exhausted. Usually I would have to quit at least an hour before dinner time to prepare something for our family, but last night I was outside working until 8 PM. Phew.We normally eat at 6 PM so I asked my husband to feed everyone leftovers. No problem but I missed out on that time with my family and came inside during shower time.I still have some mom guilt about missing our togetherness window last night, so I am planning a meal that we can eat with everyone tonight. Unfortunately, I still have more back-breaking work to do today and we have family plans for later in the evening, so this meal is going to have to be a quick one.Finding shortcuts to make family meals is perfectly acceptable. It’s all about the time together, right?One of my favorite shortcuts is my Instant Pot, but cooking lots of chicken for the whole week is also a fave. Or, go buck wild and buy a rotisserie chicken and use that. #whateverittakes I find that if I cook the food ahead of time, it forces me to make sure I use it. So here is a fun and quick recipe from The Recipe Critic using already cooked chicken and rice and it only requires one cast iron pan. Another HUGE bonus. Am I right?Protein, veggies and some grains all together. I just love ethnic foods and anything that can be eaten all together from a bowl…..I’m a simple gal.INGREDIENTS:
Heat a large skillet at medium heat, add sesame oil to skillet and cook onion, peas and carrots until tender. Shove to one side of pan.
Add eggs to other side of pan and scramble. The veggies may get slightly mixed and that is fine because once the eggs is scrambled, you are going to mix everything together anyway.
Add rice and chicken to skillet and pour your aminos on top. Mix and heat through!
Make a bowl for everyone and sprinkle some green onion on top (if ya like). My kids all liked this dish which is a huge help for busy weeknights! Better than takeout.
When you have the precooked chicken and rice, this takes no time at all and you can all have a delicious meal together at the table (even though one kid was in the shower…..oh well). I tried.