As a new mom, I’ve quickly realized that perfection is only something I can strive for (remember this photo?). My time is limited, but I still want to make the right choices for me and my family. One example of that? Dinnertime.
Anel and I used to have dinner together every night and it was my favorite time of day. I would spend 30 minutes to an hour making us a wholesome meal, we’d light candles (yes every night), drink wine (no not every night), and listen to music while talking about our days. No electronics were allowed, so it was a nice time to unplug and really connect. We tried to do this at least three times a week because we both felt calmer and more connected on the nights when we did. Things definitely look a lot different at dinnertime post baby! For her first five weeks, we had her going down at 8:30pm so the time between 6:30 and 8:30 was totally chaotic. It would be filled with bathtime, feedings, and her fussiest hours of the day. We would order in almost every night because we were too frazzled to think about dinner.
I’d eat at the counter while Anel gave her a bath, and he’d scarf his meal while I fed her. It was a disaster zone! That plan was A) expensive and B) not always the healthiest decision. Since then we’ve made two big changes that have helped us have a better dinnertime.
First, we moved her bedtime up to 7pm so that at 7:30 we can sit together and eat, even if it’s with a monitor on the table, surrounded by laundry and a to do list a mile long for the night.
Secondly, we agreed to ordering in no more than once a week and we feel so much healthier because of it. While dinnertime looks different, we refuse to compromise on what we’re eating. We try to buy as many prepared items as possible and then make a big salad so that dinner prep takes 20 minutes or less.
Progresso Organic soups are a great way to have a hearty and wholesome organic meal, made in only a few minutes. When we serve them with a salad and glass of wine, and it feels just like the old days… almost!
I was excited to see that a brand that we loved growing up (my Italian grandmother swore by their canned tomatoes for her tomato sauce!) created an organic line. It goes to show that eating organic doesn’t have to be expensive or unattainable.
Each can retails for around $2.99 and the ingredients are super clean. Plus they’re really good! The Organic Tomato Basil and Organic Savory Lentil are my two favorite flavors, so far. You can find my favorites, and other flavors in the canned soup aisle at your local grocer!
Do you have any tricks for new parents trying to handle dinnertime? Any and all mom hacks are appreciated!
Thank you to Progresso for sponsoring this post. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.