While we wait for our more travel news about our youth, we’ve agreed to take care of three respite care youth in the next few weeks. What is respite care? When the youth’s foster parents go out of town, the foster youth can go to respite care where another licensed foster family will watch them temporarily.
While this isn’t the entry into foster care that we had hoped (ideally, our child would have been here by now see here and here and here), it will still be a good opportunity for us to learn about the international foster care program and test out the waters of what it’s like to be a foster parent.
One of the things that is very new for me as a foster parent is cooking in large quantities. We’ve heard that two of the youth who will be staying with us are big eaters (once they ate 4 pizzas between the two of them!). I’m used to cooking for just the two of us -typically, I’ll cook a vegetarian dish and David will grill some meat for himself.
Cooking for four people with big appetites and who eat meat is new for me, so to help things run a little more smoothly in our kitchen, I created the meal planning chart below. I printed it, popped it in an old frame, and wrote our week’s dinner plan on it in white board marker. As a side note, those are radish seedlings that are starting to sprout- this is a huge success in our home as I’ve managed to kill all previous attempts at growing vegetables from seeds-maybe this is the start of my green thumb success! Hopefully this meal planning chart makes our dinner time easier- we even went on a big Costco shopping trip yesterday (did you know that they sell spaghetti in 8 lb packs!?!).
Do you have tips for cooking in large quantities? What are your favorite and easy meals to cook for a family? Send good vibes our way as we embark on our first experience in respite foster care & cooking big!