Planning everyday meals
I was wondering how everyone here plans their daily meals for the family.
For example, we are six people in the house and sometimes when my in-laws come to stay we are eight and I am the one who cooks for the entire family. When my in-laws are here meals are rather elaborate and I have to strive for perfection much more than usual.
So everyday, I have to cook one main and at least one side dish as well as prepare fresh salad and a dessert . The main meal consists of meals like chicken biryani or meat with vegetables . The side dish can be simple vegetable dishes or lentils.
Other things can be served as side dishes are things like kebabs, soup, sandwiches etc. which are also made from scratch at home.
Sometimes I bake brownies or plain cakes for my children's school lunch and making different types of pasta/noodles is also a must because my oldest daughter loves them.
Fresh salad is prepared with every meal which usually consists of tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, bits of cauliflower or capsicum or any other fresh vegetable in season.
Desserts are usually traditional ones like halwa or carrot pudding or ice-cream in summer season.
I also prepare a lot of things to freeze so that they are readily available when guests come calling which they often do. A large part of my day consists of planning and cooking meals. Sometimes I try to cook 2-3 things together so that I can have a day off but most of the time this is not possible.
How often do you cook?
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Alexandoy wrote on March 26, 2015, 2:45 AM
I hold the food budget and I do not only the planning of meals but also the cooking. Well, my list of dishes is handy whenever I couldn't think of something.
bestwriter wrote on March 26, 2015, 3:02 AM
Main thing about cooking are those ground malasas. We have them all frozen and they last for several days. We have one for fish, one for meat and a couple or two that can go with anything.Coconut is grated and frozen as well. There has to be a vegetable, fish or meat but too lazy too chop up salads. When there are guests we order one or two dishes and then have a few cooked at home. And as for the desert it is mostly just a banana and sometimes ice cream ordered from out. In my younger days it was a different story specially when it came to deserts.
Any left overs are frozen and used after a few days.
peachpurple wrote on March 26, 2015, 3:17 AM
wow, you cook a lot! A lot of preparation must be done for a family of 6. When my mom in law and brother in law stayed with us for 15 years, there were 6 of us too. We have 1 chicken/fish dish, one vegetable and one soup, that's it. No salad , no dessert. Very simple
luisga814 wrote on March 26, 2015, 4:56 AM
Actually my favorite meal is anything but meat but because I have to control my health, vegetables are now my priority.
crowntower wrote on March 26, 2015, 12:46 PM
Wow! I never thought you know how to cook Dawnwriter , I thought you are a father -- a male! But on second thought hehehehe... anyway men and women are able to cook and become chef if they want too. Hahahaha. God bless. I don't cook, my mom does, and when we have visitors... same with you -- my mom always cook a little more that cost her to extend her groceries expenses hehehe. God bless.
princesskaurvaki wrote on March 27, 2015, 12:09 AM
My daughter is 2,6 years old so I couldn't too busy on kitchen many times. I will cook 1-2 in a day and sometimes my hubby will help me to do it :)
scheng1 wrote on April 3, 2015, 9:34 AM
Actually it is easier to cook for 6 persons than 1 person. Sometimes I do not even want to cook. It seems a waste of time to cook for myself.