By MomWise Olatunde Onabajo
After driving honorably on the highway to pick-up my children (with the intention to avoid late fees at the daycare), we arrived at home only to wonder what on earth I’d prepare for my family. Whilst still fully clothed in my business casual, I slung my purse over the couch and my five year old asked me “what’s for breakfast tomorrow?” Tomorrow??!!! I was still trying to figure out what I would make for dinner tonight!
As a culturally raised woman, I still cherish the memories of my mother’s dishes. Those well-garnished vegetable soups dripping with crayfish, snails, smoked fish and my personal favorite: okra soup with large shrimps – organic foods at its best!
So it was only fitting that I should continue this tradition with my children but a few weeks into this mission to imbibe Afrocentric dishes into my family’s weekly meal plans, I was faced with the reality of how difficult meal planning can quickly become without solid planning.
Luckily, MomWise reached out to various Moms for advice on how to help other Moms who may be struggling like I was. Below is a sample provided by @AbbyA:
- Precook blended peppers in large batches and freeze in large bowls for the family for future use.
- Precook/Fry/Grill large batches of meat, chicken, fish, and store in the freezer for a quick throw together (Just remember to remove from freezer before you leave for work in the morning).
- For kids portion, freeze precooked okra and red stew in ice-cube containers. Easy to thaw (one or two ice-cube per child), easy to warm for dinner.
- Cook large alternative base soup (egusi, vegetable, afang, edikaikon, ugwu, etc) store in bowls and freeze. Easier to warm than cook from scratch. These soups go well with mounded meals (Eba, pounded yam, oatmeal fufu, etc.).
Please click here (go to “FILES” on the left) for a free easy meal plan to download with various food choices besides soups and mounded meals that you can prepare for your family.
Thank you @AbbyA for these suggestions. As a Mom, I can attest to the benefits of having these frozen meals available for an easy night prep.
Do you have any suggestions? Please feel free to leave a comment below.