NM asked: I am interested in how/when you manage the cooking with two kids.
I actually just wrote a little about this over here. If you don't feel like clicking over, it basically says that I allow the children to destroy my kitchen in various ways if it means I can get dinner on the table.
When I am lucky, Chris gets home around 5:00 and takes both of the kids off my hands for half an hour while I make dinner. When I am less lucky, he comes home at 5:00 and takes Mia off my hands and leaves me to deal with Owen, which is fine except that Mia can be sent to amuse herself for 20 minutes of given a bowl of flour to stir and Owen can't. When I am even less lucky, as I am a couple of times a week, Chris gets home at 6:00, which is dinner time, so I get to make dinner while minding the kids. This usually means that Owen plays on the floor for a while and then gets strapped to my back in the Ergo, and Mia asks every four seconds if I can come play with her now and finally storms off to her own kitchen to make dinner herself, which sure shows me.
I've also developed a large repertoire of five minute dinners. Here's one of my favorites for your dining pleasure:
Beth's Yummy Nugget Salad
One bag of salad (sure, you could just get lettuce and chop, but that will eat into your allocated five minutes)
One box of Morningstar Farms Chik'n Nuggets (I suppose you could use actual chicken nuggets, but you know what they put in those things, right? Chicken! Gross.) (You could probably also use a package of that pre-cooked meat they have now, but that skeeves me out even more than frozen chicken.)
Your preferred salad dressing
A handful of shredded cheese (again, buy it that way because the children are jumping off the back of the couch and you don't have time to be shredding no cheese)
A cucumber, cut however you like it
An avocado, sliced
Whatever else you like in salad
Open bag of salad. Put on plates. If you are married to a food phobic, like I am, splash salad leaves with water so it looks like you washed it.
Nuke nuggets according to package directions. Cut into small pieces. Dump on top of salad.
Add dressing and whatever other fancy stuff you have. (If you had to use a knife to prepare it, that makes it fancy.)
I usually do some sort of starchy side dish with this. My choice is cous cous, since it takes five minutes to make. Chris prefers rice pilaf, but that takes 14 minutes and so I usually save it for special occasions.
I started making and eating this when I was in my first trimester with Owen and it was the only meal I could actually enjoy eating, rather than just forcing myself to chew and swallow. Trust me, it is tasty and fast and you should try it.