I came up with a brilliant idea this past weekend. Just one, but I think it’s a keeper.
We were in Whistler for a couple of days, and our visits there almost always include a visit to Mongolie Grill restaurant — a favourite with my kids (and their parents) for the choice of choosing whatever you want for a yummy meal. They have a long serving area with raw vegies, noodles, meats and sauces. You load your bowl with all of your favourites, then take it to the cute young chefs who cook your meal over a very large hot griddle, whilst doing impressive juggling with the spatulas.
It’s a great place when you have picky eaters, vegetarians and lovers of stir-fry. I have all those categories in my family, and cooking for them is a drag. Then when you add in the fact that they come and go at all times, sometimes rushing off for sports, music while others aren’t even home yet, that makes for one very uninspired chef/mom.
So when we were at Mongolie Grill last Saturday, I said as I always do when I go there, “I wish we had this in our house, cute chef and all!” Then the lightbulb went on, and duh, I have a big skillet, a refrigerator and freezer to keep ingredients fresh for days.
So I went to the store this morning, loaded up on veggies, chicken, beef, noodles and of course glad-ware (hey, it was 2 for 1 today!!) and washed, chopped, sliced, weighed and packaged all of the food.
Veggies and noodles, ready to go.
Freezer full of cut and weighed meat, ready to cook.
Ta da! Just minus the cute chef, mongolie grill at my place – ready to cook whenever you come home and are hungry. I’ll even sprinkle on toasted sesame seeds if that’s your pleasure!
Tuesday morning edit: My evil plan worked; the boy cooked his dinner. No juggling of the utensils … yet!