What's a mama to do?
Be inventive, of course!
First of all, it's best to have already-prepared stuff in the freezer for such emergencies. That's one of the reasons why I pre-cook all of my chicken - easy meal time! Toss the bag into a pan with some butter, salt, and pepper, and we're good to go! This chicken can also be the protein for a nice green salad if you have the ingredients OR you can add some homemade olive oil mayo or salad dressing and slather the chicken mixture onto stalks of celery. There's ALWAYS an option .... you just have to be open to the possibilities!
Of course, there's always eggs - yummy, delish, and cheap eggs. Scrambled, fried, poached, - they're all good and super easy to fix. Add in some veggies and fruit and that's the perfect meal for anyone in your house. And let's not forget the perfect snack - hard boiled eggs. I always have a few hard boiled eggs sitting in the fridge, ready to eat.
The good news is that my days of being alone with the kids are limited. They go to their dad's for the weekend on Friday, and then my sister will be up here Saturday to get me through the surgery and take care of us through the first couple of weeks post-op. And after that, mom will be up here to make sure the kids don't set the house on fire while I stay off of my feet. Doc says I'll be off my feet for at least 8 weeks after surgery. Won't this be fun? HA!