Learning to feed a farmer takes a bit of a talent. My farmer hubby can come in for lunch from anywhere between 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. I often get little to no notice on what time it will be. I have learned to cook and what I call “half cook” as a means of feeding him. He works long hours often from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm or even later. He typically works about 10 hour days. When he does come in, he wants to eat as quick as possible so he can squeeze in a power nap before he is out and it again. Over the course of being married, almost 26 years I have a knack to “who knows when”, short notice meal prep.
Our daughter Kelli has been with her farmer boy for a few years now and still struggles with the meal prep for farmers so she requested a few ideas. I thought lots of you juggling your busy schedules might benefit from this as well so I thought I would just post some of the ideas as I am cooking. Mind you, none of these meals are fru-fru or fancy. This is farmer food.
Today’s idea is grill cheese sandwiches….yes I know most of you don’t need a recipe for grill cheese sandwiches, but what you might need is the strategy.
Today I knew hubby would be in early but had no idea if early meant 8:30 or 10:30 so at 8:15 I sprayed my frying pan and make up three grill cheese sandwiches. I didn’t turn the burner on. I just had them prepped and in the pan. Then I grabbed a can of peaches from the canning cellar and pulled out some beans and put a portion on his plate and set it in the microwave. I am really lucky that he loves beans because he eats lots of them. I had a pan of banana bars and that was his lunch plan. I set the table and went to work on my things not worrying about lunch.
When he walked in the door, I was working on the computer. He turned the burner on, pushed start on the microwave and washed up. By then I was in the kitchen and in under 10 minutes, his lunch was served.
Some of you may fret that the bread for the grill cheese will dry out…honestly, it’s grill cheese…the bread ends up toasted. I’ve been doing it for years and years and it works. Hubby has never complained….not even when I hide the bread crust ends in the grill cheese.
Like I said, this is not by any means a fancy meal but if you’re fixing farmer food lunches that can only take minutes of time, it’s worth it….so what was my lunch, Salsa Tortilla Soup. I always have a batch of that in the refrigerator for me to eat for those days when he is in to eat lunch so early.