With a new job comes new work hours and with Sean being so close to work and me being pregnant, he realizes that he will have to step up a lot more around the house this including making dinner. In the almost 5 years since Sean and I started dating, I might be able to count on one hand the number of times he has prepared dinner. It was one of those before we got married conversations we had of who will do the meal preparations in the house. But don't think he gets off so lightly, the arrangement was I prepared meals, he cleaned up the kitchen after dinner. With my new work schedule, he has recognized he will be the one doing the dinner preparations and cooking and I will do the clean up.
With this transition, my plan is to start easy meals for Sean. I will still do the meal planning that I have always done on Sunday and leave the recipe on the counter for him to follow when he gets home for work. Other ways that I will help this transition hopefully be somewhat easier are crock pot meals and meals like lasagnas and enchiladas. I'm not expecting Julia Child quality meals the first week, but maybe the second ;-) Like all transitions in life, it will take some time but I feel fortunate to have a husband recognize that the roles we play in our marriage have to change at times. In fact he has said, when you start work, all I want you to do is go to work and come home and rest. Yah, I married a good one :-)
I have been pinning a lot of easy to make ahead or after work meals for Sean's sake but knowing that occassionally I might get the "can you pick up a pizza on your way home from work honey"phone call :-)
Here are a few of the easy meals for Sean.
Chicken Enchilada Pasta
Baked Gnocchi with Taleggio, Pancetta and Sage
Chicken Noodle Soup in the Crock Pot - an hour before dinner, put the noodles in the crock pot
Balsamic Pot Roast made in the crock pot
Crock Pot Beef Stew
Let's just call this transition period preparation for January :-)