My grandma hates to cook. I don't know why. I love to cook. No I don't. Let me rephrase. I love to cook when I have time and energy and good ingredients. I hate to cook when I have ten minutes until bedtime and two starving urchins and nothing but spaghetti noodles and cottage cheese.
In any case, I believe that there should be a point in your life at which you can say, "I'm not going to do this thing that I hate any more ever again." I believe that my grandma has probably reached that point. That fact, combined with the fact she often "fixes" cereal and apples for dinner has lead me to believe that contributing to their diet is a good thing.
I try to cook for them once a week. And here's what it looks like: Say it's Tuesday night and we are going to have lasagna. I double the recipe and make two lasagnas and we eat one. Then on Wednesday, I take them the second lasagna. Since I'm cooking for four and my grandparents are only two little eaters, my hope is that the dinner I cook will last them at least two meals.
It's working out really well, when I do it. I'm not exactly hitting once a week. Part of the problem is that pesky time thing. It shouldn't be more time consuming because I'm only doubling a recipe, but it is, ever so slightly. And some nights ever-so-slightly is way too much. Some nights, ever-so-slightly will break you.
And part of it is that I am trying to give them things that they won't/can't get for themselves. Lasagna, while not hard, is kind of labor intensive and the frozen stuff sucks. Quiche was something my grandfather had never even heard of and now he asks for it at least once a month. I made them turkey burgers this week, because my grandma is an old dog when it comes to cooking tricks.
But my ideas are sort of running thin. Yeah, I can keep making the same three or four things on rotation, because they aren't getting them every night, but I don't want to. I want to keep them interested and healthy. I want to make the stuff they really like (I'm serious - quiche is a huge hit), but I don't want them to feel like it's just ho hum, Jessi brought another quiche.
So, this is my question to you. What do you make that's easy to double, not rocket science, vaguely healthy and can be found in the "Freezes Beautifully" section of your cookbook. (Figuratively, they're not really going to freeze it, but it needs to keep at least a day.)