My wife and I typically take turns cooking dinner. The other night it was my turn. We had planned on making meatloaf and mashed potatoes, but when I reached in to the basket for the potatoes we had in stock, the potatoes were sprouted and had started to turn soft. So much for the mashed potatoes.
What could I make at this point that the kids would eat without having to go to the store? I could tell we were nearing zero hour, so time was of the essence. I looked in the pantry and found a can of tomatoes and a bag of pasta and then there was half an onion left in the fridge. Fortunately, my meatloaf is just a giant Italian style meatball, so the meal was easily transitioned to spaghetti and meatballs. I threw together a quick tomato sauce and dinner was ready. We used farfalle pasta, which my 2 year old son calls "bubbaflies."
Some of the pictures didn't quite turn out, but we had already eaten before I realized it.