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Dinner of Champions

August 23rd, 2012, posted by Aimee

Like all moms, I spend a lot of time and energy fussing over my child’s diet. From organic steamed broccoli and nitrate free hot dogs, to Farmer’s Market fresh heirloom tomato soup and wild caught fresh grilled salmon and poached cage-free eggs, Tav’s diet is a page right out of the Alice Waters’ manifesto. I am vigilant about avoiding too much processed foods and instilling healthy eating habits (despite the all too frequent Trader Joe’s chicken nuggets that end up on his plate, let’s be honest).

It’s a good thing, then, that my little man doesn’t see what his mommy wolfs down on the nights when I don’t get around to dinner until after he hits the hay. I may fuss and fret over his diet, but mine – particularly during a crunch times at work when I barely have time to breathe, let alone cook – is pretty much crap.

Cold pizza crusts. Rice cakes, salsa and chicken broth. Crappy take-out sushi and Sauvignon Blanc. Leftover Mexican rice and pinto beans from our weekend taco party. Three bites of my son’s mac-n-cheese followed by half a package of cinnamon graham crackers. Three glasses of Chardonnay. These are just a few of the awesome “dinners” I have enjoyed over the past couple weeks when my fridge was bare and time too short to whip anything up, even out of a box or can.

And I know I am not alone. Tonight on Facebook, a working mom friend and colleague of mine posted that she was having “Ritz crackers and white wine” for dinner. This led to a thread from what I have to assume were other working moms chiming in with their dinner confessions, from KIND bars in the car on the commute home to mini frozen tacos intended for the kiddos. We Womos obviously do not consider feeding ourselves (other than with wine or Skinny Girl margaritas) a priority.

How about you? What’s the most embarrassing or disgusting thing you have eaten as a meal lately?

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