Feeding Your Family – Without a Kitchen

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In one week my husband and I will begin our second kitchen remodel this year.  It wasn’t supposed to be this way… but we moved.  The good news is that I learned a lot the first time.  Not about cabinets, appliances, electrical or plumbing although I did learn a little about that.  I’m talking about me being unprepared in the meal department.  I learned a lot about how much it sucks to not have a kitchen while going about your daily routine.

This time I have a couple of ideas I am going to try.  My goal is to eat as close to normal as possible.  That means an occasional pizza night and an occasional meal out but for the most part, it’s home cooked at our own table as a family.  Maybe I’m being unrealistic…  Of course I expect a certain degree of upheaval but I’m also sure that there are also simple solutions that help make it easier.  Please leave a comment below with other ideas you have or things did you do to make the transition period go smoothly.  These are the two I’ve come up with so far.

Idea #1 – Paper and plastic.  I recycle, I try really hard not to be wasteful but I think I may have to let someone else save the planet this month.  Disposable dishes and utensils may be the ticket.  Last time I hauled my dishes to my friends house but now I live in a different state with no friends.  People have suggested washing dishes in the bathtub but I have two words for that, ick and eww.

Idea #2 – I am going to try some of the make ahead crock pot meals listed here.  I’m pretty sure this is sheer genius.  I just hope they taste good. I got five and a half meals put together last night.  It was six but then I dumped half of the Chicken Pesto Penne on the floor.  Giant mess, looked like vomit but smelled good.  I should have taken a picture of that!  -TJ

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