At the beginning of the week, I posted on the ‘Gram about a big change happening in our house. After years of eating delicious food prepared by my hubby, the tables have turned and I’m about to take a stab at cooking on the reg. Sam just started paramedic school full-time, which means he’ll be home every night instead of being gone for his normal 48-hour shift work. I’m going to be honest: when’s Sam’s gone, I do not eat well. I have eggs and toast almost every morning with a smoothie thrown in here and there, a sandwich or something equally easy for lunch, and then usually bake a sheet of chicken sausage and veggies that’ll last me both nights for dinner. It’s fine but it sure ain’t exciting. Sam prefers some variety and makes more of a production, which is cool if you’re cooking for more than yourself, but when it’s just me, I don’t have the energy. With the change in schedule, though, I’m finally making it a point to get creative and step out of my cooking comfort zone for everyone’s sake. I don’t want River and any other future children to dread getting meals cooked by mom.
I received a ton of awesome recommendations after reaching out on my IG story, so I went ahead and compiled them into a list for anyone else who might be in the same boat. My plan is to start flagging recipes, figure out which ones are hits, and meal plan every single week. I’d love to have 10 to 15 go-to recipes in an easy-to-find digital location (aka note on my phone) where I have a list of all the ingredients and can make a grocery run without much hassle. As I hone my process, I’ll check back in. Here’s to making cooking a little more fun and a lot less stressful.
- An overwhelming amount of people mentioned using CROCKPOTS and INSTANT POTS.
- I have ONE PAN, TWO POTS and ONE PAN, TWO POTS: VEGETARIAN SUPPERS. The directions are concise and not too overwhelming for the non-cooks like myself.
- THE COMPLETE COOKING FOR TWO COOKBOOK – A tonnn of recipes (650, to be exact) for two.
- Anything by the Pioneer Woman – She has a bunch of books but I’m feeling THIS ONE because it’s for “crazy busy lives.” She also has everything on her website THEPIONEERWOMAN.COM
- MEALIME– This is a FREE app that helps you meal prep, makes a grocery list, and has cooking instructions for recipes that all take about 30 minutes.
- ALLRECIPES.COM – People can comment about modifications they made to help you adjust recipes to your liking. They also have an APP.
- THE SKINNYTASTE COOKBOOK or SKINNYTASTE.COM – This has a bunch of healthy recipes that include all nutritional info and makes it easy to look up diet-specific recipes, as well as Weight Watchers Points.
- CLEAN SIMPLE EATS – This has PDFs of seasonal meal plans and a grocery list for every week.
- DANIELLE WALKER’S AGAINST ALL GRAIN or AGAINSTALLGRAIN.COM– Recipes for the grain-free family.
- Or simply typing in “easy family dinner” on Pinterest. I’ve been building my YUMS board HERE.
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