As a mother, the biggest challenge I faced at the end of a day was to put aside my fatigue, work worries, and financial woes to spend time with my little girl. We were all starving for attention — and just plain starving. Dinner had to be fast, simple and inexpensive. Moreover, I had to be able to cook it while helping with homework, reading Princess Poppy aloud, or putting together a puzzle.
What's more, recipes had to get us all involved in cooking. Before our first year together with me as a busy Interior Designer and single mother, my young daughter had mastered pasta, waffles, apple fritters, tuna salad and mashed potatoes. Being able to put together a delicious, healthy meal even at the end of a long day raised their self-esteem, not to mention mine.