I knew when I gave birth to Tyler that the day would come when I couldn’t believe how much my sons could eat. I just didn’t expect it to be so soon. I mean, Tyler just turned one and Alex isn’t even three. And yet, if I cook for four, there’s pretty much nothing left over. Maybe just enough for one person. Certainly not enough for lunch for Marc and me, which used to be the case.
I know I have to adjust, but it’s not as easy as it seems, mostly because I’m always pressed for time. So if I make macaroni and cheese, it’s an all-in-one dish. I make it with whole wheat pasta, ground beef, carrots and spinach. Because there are veggies already in there, I rarely make a side dish, which would be the ideal way to stretch the mac and cheese. But now if I want the same amount of leftovers, my alternatives are to make more mac and cheese or to also find the time to make a side dish of veggies.
I would prefer the latter. It would be healthier and cheaper. And maybe Alex will finally eat some vegetables (he’s good with fruit, not so much with veggies). Again, it’s mostly the time issue that gives me pause. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that I could hardly find the time to cook anything.
Meanwhile, it blows my mind to think that this is just a taste of what’s to come. Two growing boys will soon, I expect, each eat more at a meal than Marc and I eat combined. I’m going to need a bigger slow cooker and more casserole dishes!