While most people were out celebrating New Year’s Eve, I was having a mini-meltdown. We’d had a wonderful Christmas and then… something about the coming new year just filled me with dread. After having a good cry and discussing it with my husband, I narrowed the reason down to the fact that the first few months of every year are Very Very Hard for me. That’s because my husband’s a tax accountant, and it doesn’t take long for those long Busy Season hours to kick in. Starting early February I’m virtually a single mom, responsible for getting kids ready and to school every day, doing my own work, picking them up from school, cooking dinner, supervising homework, music lessons, etc., then getting them to bed. My husband comes home to help when he can, but the majority of parenting responsibilities fall to me. And weekends don’t offer much respite, especially mid-March to mid-April.
We strategized a bit about how to make this year less stressful, and one obvious idea bubbled to the top. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for years now, and this year it might just be a key to my sanity.
I want to assemble the week’s meals on Sunday, then freeze them so all I have to do each night is turn on the oven and maybe steam some frozen veggies as a side. I’m thinking I’ll do a bunch of casseroles, lasagne, soups, etc. But my repertoire is pretty limited. That’s where I’m hoping my fellow working moms can help. PLEASE post links to quick and easy casseroles and other dishes that can be frozen, then re-heated. I’m open to crock pot recipes, too, but they have to be things that are FAST and simple to assemble in the morning.
So what do you say? Can you help me? My hungry kids and I will thank you – plus, if I love your dish, I just might pimp it here at WMAG. Thank you, fellow working moms. Thank you, thank you, thank you!