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#Food[Reality of #Stay Home]Keeping three meals is already the limit …! Self-restraint life with children


Due to the new coronavirus, schools and nurseries are closed for more than two and a half months, and many people are working at home while doing housework and childcare at home. How are you guys doing this? When I asked the housewives working from home to have an online discussion, I came up with a lot of ideas and ideas to survive the present.

The theme this time is “How are you eating everyday?” What are the ideas of working housewives, such as hot plate dishes and cooking methods to save time cooking?

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<< Participants in the online discussion >>

Mr. K: Both the couple are office workers who are working from home. The children are 5th and older. Lives in the Kanto region.

Mr. O: Both the couple are office workers. My wife works from home and my husband comes to work (go home early). Children are 4 and 2 years old. Live with mother-in-law. Lives in the Kanto region.

Mr. T: Both the couple are office workers. My wife works from home, and my husband comes to work in the afternoon. The child is one year old. Lives in the Kanto region.

Mr. Y: Both the couple are office workers. My wife works from home, and my husband comes to work and half at home. Children are small 2 and all year round. Lives in the Kanto region.

Mr. U: The couple are both self-employed and working from home. Children are small 4 and small 1. Lives in the Kanto region.

I miss my lunch …! Seems to be in the kitchen all day in the morning and evening

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Mr. U: Now that you can’t rely on school lunch, how are you eating three meals every day?

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Mr. T: I’ve been eating three meals every day since I started going out and I feel like I’m in the kitchen all day long.

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Mr. O: After all, the biggest thing is that I have no school lunch. Even if there are days when you can finish your dinner properly, you might have had the peace of mind that you should have a nutritional balance with your lunch. That seems to be overwhelmed by the pressure that I now carry the dietary health of my family.

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Mr. U: I am certainly worried about the nutritional bias. When I had to work from home and had to look after my children, I was busy. The menus tend to be simple, such as “something noodles!” Or “don’t have too much rice!”

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Mr. Y: Right. Inevitably I get a lot of carbohydrates.

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Mr. O: Even if you eat at school lunch, you can leave it at home. It’s hard to make what you know is left over, so it’s just the things that you can definitely eat.

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Mr. T: Even if there are some things that you are not good at, in the nursery school you are influenced by your friends and eat. I wonder if I’m at home.

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Mr. Y: My child is not good at vegetables, but I am worried about uneven nutrition, so I started to take finely chopped carrots and peppers in a hamburger and eat it.

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Mr. O: I think I’ve been biased towards meat lately. Since fish are expensive, I always buy cheap pork and chicken breasts. The cost of food is high if there are many children. The rice will soon disappear. While I’m always at home and the utility bills are going up, I’ve come to the point where I can’t save even the most expensive foods.

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Mr. K: Fish meal was also served during lunch. I think it’s really great that the dietician’s meals were really great for me to think about my menu.

I don’t want to spend time cooking! Make full use of pre-prepared food, frozen food, and takeout

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U: It’s a busy day, so I don’t really want to spend too much time cooking. Do you have any ideas?

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Mr. O: We increased the number of hot plates so that children do not have to stand in the kitchen many times while eating. I kept the hot plate on the table for the entire GW (laughs). It’s very easy if you just cut the ingredients and cook in front of you and eat while sitting down.

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Mr. K: It’s fun because children can cook and eat their favorite foods.

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Mr. O: Try okonomiyaki, or bake new potatoes with the skin on. Just grilling various vegetables on an iron plate will make you surprised and willing to eat. In order to prevent the seasoning from becoming rutish, we devised a cheese fondue by putting meltable cheese in an aluminum cup.

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U: It seems like a party every day, so it’s fun! We wanted to shorten the cooking time even a little, so we started “boiled meat stock”. I’ll boil all the chicken meat, pork shoulder loin, and other carrots and onions, and boil them all in one go. You can arrange boiled meat into bowls, put it on noodles, sandwich it in sandwiches, boiled soup into soup, curry roux, etc. Anyway, you can arrange it and it will be useful.

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Mr. T: We use frozen noodles such as udon, champon and beef noodles. Since noodles are less and the nutrition is uneven, I add frozen cut vegetables and meat to the noodles, and increase the amount. Frozen foods are not my taste, because I get tired of eating only the foods I make every day. I’m not eating out now, and I want to eat rice cooked by people!

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Mr. Y: I can only sympathize with the screams of the soul that people want to eat cooked rice!

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U: In that sense, you use takeout relatively well. A restaurant in the neighborhood has begun to take out, so please include the meaning of support.

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Mr. K: We are close to the shopping district and there are many affordable restaurants, so we often take out either day or night. It feels like you’ll come back after buying what you want to eat after a walk.

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Mr. Y: You use it quite often! Our neighborhood izakaya also started taking out and made snack sets with one coin. During this time, we took out Okinawan food and had a small Okinawa party.

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Mr. Y: When I don’t want to make anything anymore, but I want to eat delicious food, I can’t do it without takeout.

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Mr. O: It’s good for everyone … There aren’t many such stores nearby, so it’s cheaper to make it yourself than buying a side dish at the supermarket, so in the end I’ll make it myself. Ah … I want to eat rice cooked by people.

In the self-restraint that goes on for a long time, it is difficult to prepare for three meals while working while dealing with a child who can not go out freely and has extra power. I can see how I manage to make arrangements and make use of takeouts and make changes to my daily table.

There are many areas where the declaration of emergency has been lifted, but it is still hard to go out. With these ideas, I would like to reduce the worries of preparing food as much as possible and make home meals a fun time.

Sentence = Kaoru Utsunomiya

Series: #Stay Home Reality

This article is a joint project of Lettuce Love News and Yahoo! News. I am spending more time at home because of the new coronavirus. The number of proposals for “careful living” is increasing, such as trying cooking over time at home, but in reality, this is not the only lifestyle. What do you do when you go out and refrain from going out? We will occasionally deliver a real voice about what is happening in the home where you are working from home or on school holidays, as well as a real voice.

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