I often wonder what ordinary meals are like in other homes. Many times I can double up my cooking, and then we have leftovers the next night … or two, or three. I am definitely not slaving in the kitchen all the time, although I wish I had more time to try out new recipes. I sometimes feel like I get stuck in a rut with my cooking. I often hear of other women who feel the same way!

Earlier this week, as it was a rare night with everybody home, I made an Alfredo Sauce and added pulled chicken, fresh spinach, and served it over pasta.

Along with freshly baked bread (frozen from Costco, bake at 375 for 23 minutes!)

And salad from the garden.

I added apricot jam and balsamic vinegar to the green beans. Delicious!

We served it up and had a tasty meal with enthusastic conversation (how can it not be zippy with 3 teenagers?)

– We always go around the table and ask about the highs and lows of the day.
– When our kids talk, we listen. We never shut them down.
– The table is a safe place. Anything can be said.
– There’s always room for sadness, passion, and a lot of laughter.

Here are some ingredients I try to keep on hand for last minutes meals like this:

1. Pulled chicken, frozen in a Ziploc bag
2. Pasta
3. Whipping cream
4. Parmesan cheese

You can then add whatever veggies you have in the fridge, like zucchini, spinach, peppers, etc.

What’s an ordinary meal that you keep the ingredients on hand for?

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