Besides giving me some breathing room to make dinner, letting her play freely in the cabinet also had a couple of other advantages: She became only interested in “her” cabinet and left all of the other ones alone (hooray!). And it was very liberating (heh) to make the decision to only pick up the containers once a day, as opposed to getting in a tizzy, telling her “no” and constantly putting everything back multiple times a day. And, she learned how to stack the various sizes of bowls and things so well that now that she’s 2, when I empty the dishwasher, I just hand her the containers and she puts it all “neatly” away by herself. And finally, the “mystery and intrigue” of the kitchen cabinet wore off after a few months and she doesn’t even mess with the cabinet anymore. So, if you have little ones, you should try my cabinet approach.
Top half a bagel with tomato sauce (we seem to always have some in a jar), Italian seasoning and shredded cheese (we always seem to have this around too). Broil for 5 minutes. ta da!
Top nacho chips with salsa (also a staple) and shredded cheese. Microwave for 1 minute. ta da! You can also throw on any leftover meat that you may have (chicken or ground beef, etc.) for a more filling snack. You can also use quesadillas instead of the chips if you have those on hand.
Boil pasta (pretty much any kind will do). Add pasta to a pot of chicken broth. Add whatever veggies you have lying around (fresh or frozen). If you have leftover chicken, throw that in too. Season to taste. ta da!