I don’t mind nights when the kids have a lot of dance classes in a row.
I don’t mind, that is, until I remember I have to make a meal that I can take with us to the studio. Something I can make hours ahead of time that can be eaten cold out of the cooler (because I’m not a fan of the microwave). Something that won’t be mushy and will give the kids healthy energy to keep dancing.
We’re not vegetarians, though we don’t eat a ton of meat. I’m a big fan of expanding our vegan and vegetarian meal options, and as the kids get older they’re enjoying vegetables more.
We do, however, have some health things to pay attention to. My husband is sensitive to MSG, which means I’ve learned how to read labels and look for all the ingredients that act the same way in his body (monosodium glutamate, autolyzed yeast extract, yeast extract, gelatin, and Disodium guanylate and disodium 5′-guanylate (which usually come together) are all things that we know will bring on a migraine so they’re not allowed in the house.
We also avoid artificial colors and flavors and high fructose corn syrup, though I’m not quite as vigilant because that’s more of a choice than the MSG thing.
Oh, and we don’t eat pork or shellfish.
So now that you have all that information, you understand why people don’t usually cook for us ;)
But that’s beside the point. What is the point? That I’ve been creating a Pinterest Board of recipes that fill this need. Things my kids and I approve of that taste good out of a cooler.
(they also work well as meals to take to Disney when we time our fastpasses around a mealtime).