I have been implementing my new cooking plan for a week now and truly, I love it. I want to share more about how it’s worked for our family and some things I’ve had to think through. Basically, here’s the plan. We are eating smaller, simpler lunch meals at dinnertime and heavier, more complex dinner meals at lunchtime. There are three significant things I was evaluating when I decided to start this plan.
- The work load at different parts of the day
- My energy level at different part of the day
- My family’s activity level and needs at different parts of the day.
Workload – High
Energy level – Low
Family’s activity & needs - Low
I was trying to get the most done when I had the least energy and my family needed me the most. I was rushed and overloaded with the cooking and cleaning when my kids were whiny and needy and my husband walks in the door to download his day. Then I was exhausted and barely making it through the kitchen clean up at the end of the night because I was just so tired. So, I switched it up and now I’m doing the big cooking and cleaning mid-day when I have more energy and motivation and my family is pretty content and I’m doing minimal food prep and clean up in the evenings to be more available to my family and just to rest more.
- Since we are having a big meal during the day when he is at work, I pack a dinner-sized portion for him for the next day.
- We still sit down together at the table in the evenings. We’re just eating sandwiches or pizza pockets or something.
- We can always switch it if we’re eating dinner at someone’s house or I am packing the kids’ lunch to be out for the day (which rarely happens! We are usually out in the mornings and home by lunch.)
- If we are having guests over, it actually works better to invite them over for dessert. I don’t stress about having a gourmet meal, dessert is more frugal to share , and it’s a calmer time of evening when I can enjoy being hospitable.
- It’s so much healthier to eat this way. We’ve both noticed how we are more satisfied through the day and night eating a larger meal at mid-day. Isn’t this how they eat in parts of Europe?