Lord, what am I getting myself into?
Ok. Growing up, I don’t remember there being a lot of cooking or the entire family gathering to cook and having a good, fun, home cooking time. I do remember there being big family events and I do remember there always being delicious food unless we were going through a raw food or vegetarian phase. But I don’t remember ever being involved or ever seeing anyone else being involved in actually cooking.
My mother cooked a lot of different types of chicken and then there were the lentil soups and this one time where she made tofu meatballs that literally lasted foorrrreeevvveerrrr. Does tofu ever go bad? Because if my memory is serving me correctly we were eating those same tofuballs for like two months. Maybe she froze them, I don’t know but I hated it every time.
That being said, I don’t find joy in cooking, I don’t see it as therapeutic like some people tend to, I don’t have fun creating meals and it kind of gives me a little bit of anxiety knowing that other people are going to taste my food. But snap back to reality, I have two growing boys and a man in my home and for some reason, they need to eat every dang day. And let’s be honest, I like to stuff my face too. It wouldn’t be so bad to have delicious food to eat on the daily.
If eating out every night didn’t add up to so much money that I could be using on cute little boy clothes, hair products or Target splurges then I wouldn’t mind so much. But I guess eating pizza, chick fil a, Hawaiian, burgers and the occasional weekly spaghetti is 1. not healthy and 2. redundant and tired.
So I have searched high and low for meals to cook and this week (work week, they can fend for themselves on the weekend) I have decided to commit to following actual recipes and making 5 full meals for my family.
Let me start by saying that even when I do cook I tend to cut corners. “Oh, well that says sautee with onions but I don’t like onions so I won’t be adding those.” “Hmmm, that says to cut up potatoes but I don’t have the time or energy to do that, so I just won’t use potatoes.” But News Flash, the food tastes different when you don’t follow the directions and don’t have a substitute ingredient to make up for it.
So this week I will follow directions, not cut corners and prepare some delicious meals for the household. And who knows, maybe this will catch on and one day I’ll be a cooking machine. I mean probably not, but a girl can dream.
Now let’s get to the meals I’ll be making this week…
MONDAY: Cheesy Spinach Chicken Pasta
I found this recipe on The Hungry Hutch blog and it just looked delicious so I knew I wanted to make it. Hopefully it tastes as good as it looks. Follow the link for the recipe.
TUESDAY: Taco Bar (We’re in Cali, We Do Taco Tuesdays)
This recipe comes from Mommy Hates Cooking, which sounds completely my speed already haha. But seriously I’m attempting a taco bar. Will they love it? Probably. Will it be set up really cute? Maybe. Will it be tasty? I mean, it’s tacos, how badly can I mess that up?
WEDNESDAY: Meatloaf and Green Beans
This recipe was found at Divas Can Cook and it’s called an Easy Man-Pleasing Meatloaf “because my hubby and son love it.” Ok, that sounds right up my alley. Let me try and please somebody with some meatloaf.
THURSDAY: MVP Baked Chicken Wings, Steamed Rice and Baked Asparagus
Candace over at Food.Love.Tog had me with these wings when she said that even the picky toddler would indulge in a wing or two. Well I am going to put that to the test, because my picky toddler turns his nose up at meat most of the time.
FRIDAY: Flank Steak w/ Pineapple Salsa and Salad
This final recipe is from tbsp. and, not gonna lie, I feel like I’m getting kind of fancy with this one simply because it’s steak, but it looks and sounds really good to me and my belly is rumbling just thinking about it so I’m going to go ahead and give it a try.
All of the recipes that I am following this week can be found at the links in case you want to try them too! It could be fun, so I’ll just start a hashtag. it’ll be #MomHatesCooking. And it doesn’t have to only be these meals, tag your other meals too. We can all use the inspiration.
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I’m kind of excited but also already pretty tired just from thinking about all the time I’m going to have to spend cooking. But hey, we gotta eat and the food is not gonna cook itself.