On this extremely wet and cold first day of Lockdown 2.0 the reality of homeschooling kicked in for me at about 9:30 when I asked Henry to count from one to five and he said “six, seven, eight, nine, ten.” Primary teachers have a patience setting that I don’t have. We will do our best but your own kids will never see you the same way as they perceive their teachers so it’s hard work to sustain their attention.
I am acutely aware that homeschooling is a mental health trap for many parents so in case no one else tells you; Your children need a mentally well parent far more than they need a particular academic goal. If you need to stop or take the day off then do so. We are in stressful circumstances so feeling anxious or worried is totally understandable. Doing what you can is enough. You are enough.
So, as promised, I have some extremely simple meal ideas for you this week as we get to grips with our newest normal. Getting a meal on the table during these times is what makes you One Tough Cooker. I’m starting off with a pared down version of my Squidy Tuna Bowls. This nutritious meal relies heavily on stuff you probably have in the cupboards and freezer.
Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids
2 packs of microwave wholegrain rice
2 tins of tuna in water
1 spring onion
150g frozen peas
Mayo/Soy Sauce/Hot Sauce/Oyster Sauce/Ketchup
extras you can add: half a boiled egg, frozen edamame, seeds mix
- Pour the peas into a microwavable bowl then cover with water and grind over some salt. Microwave on high for 4-6 minutes depending on the power of your appliance.
- Drain the tuna and tip into a bowl. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of half the lemon over the tuna. Grind over some salt then using a fork stir in as much mayo as you like to get tuna mayo.
- Once the peas are done microwave the rice according to the package instructions. Once it’s done divide the rice between four bowls. Dish up the tuna mix and peas. Finely slice the spring onion and scatter over the adult dishes (my kids won’t eat spring onion).
- Let everyone choose their own condiments. I like my homemade hot sauce and soy sauce on mine. Paul like Hoisin and hot sauce. The kids like a ubiquitous splodge of ketchup.