Cooking is a bit of a intellectual challenge at the moment.
I'm trying to cook things that are healthy (whole foods with lots of fruit and veg - rather than any no carb, no fat type stuff) and either fairly quick to prepare OR can be prepared with a toddler 'helping' and then slung in the slow cooker or reheated. Additionally we are trying to stay true to our principles around ethical meat, and eating meat only twice a week for climate reasons (and to have a more varied diet).
Pretty hard brainwork!
It is the combination of having an excited toddler who doesn't nap and has a classic toddler attention span - along with a baby who the chef of the evening simultaneously looks after whilst making dinner. Sometimes this means you have lots of time as she sleeps, sometimes she wants to feed and scream throughout the entire period. Also need to fit bottle washing and sterilising and putting on the dishwasher in this period because post dinner is really close to bedtime.
So far I've done a stuffed breast of lamb in the slow cooker, a lot of variations of tomato pasta sauce, homemade pesto with pasta, homemade pizza, a chick pea and butternut squash stew and next week I'm planning on making the following:
Greek Shrimp Stew (probably not proper Greek sorry +John Stavropoulos
- they just chucked some feta in it.)
Creamy Pork with Mushrooms (slow cooker)
Cauliflower Bake with potato rosti topping.
Crossing my fingers!