Since we’re two days away from the New Year, Jen P and I decided we would share our New Years Resolutions for 2008. She will be tomorrow. Both of ours have to do with food, but they are very different. My resolution is to feed my husband in 2008.
I have to say, so many really sweet friends have said to me “You must be super-woman! Doing the website, full time job, kids, etc!” Well, you caught me, I am a fraud, I don’t cook! Actually, I am not a bad cook, I just don’t really do it. I make a mean lasagna, I can make tacos and chicken and casseroles. But I just do not have the time. You know how it is… I arrive home from work/daycare at 5:45 (at best) and I have less than 2 hours to play with my daughter, feed her, bathe her, brush teeth, get jammies, read… phew! So about 8pm I am finally able to have a moment to breathe. Cooking is the last thing on my mind. Plus, my husband has a side job that takes many evenings so he is not always home right at 6. I usually make him soup or a “delicious” frozen meal. The other thing that my good friends know about me is… I do not like vegetables (the shock! the horror!). I like salads and carrots and corn but that’s about it. So this does not help.
So wrap that all together and we have the “perfect storm” going:
1. No time to cook (this is #1 reason)
2. Little desire to cook
3. No talent in cooking
3. I am a fairly picky eater (don’t love veggies, don’t like seafood)
My poor husband loves food. If you cook for him he will love you forever and may even start strategically showing up at your house at meal time. You need to understand that my husband was born in Ukraine (moved her when he was 6), so I have a Ukranian mother-in-law whose greatest joy is feeding people. Her entire day revolves around food; cooking food, thinking about cooking food, shopping for food, thinking about how her sons are not eating enough, thinking about how her sons need to eat better, thinking about how her granddaughter is eating fruit from a jar, thinking about what she will cook tomorrow. So you can imagine my husband gets fed well there. How can I compete with that?
So, we had a talk and I have vowed to do better. I feel like I need to join a support group, like “Cereal For Dinner Anonymous”. I have asked many friends for their help – and as with any support group – I decided I needed a 12-step plan. (Plus, my job is all about planning so I do well here.) Here is my plan. I am sure everyone is going to be like “duh”, but for me this does not come naturally, so please don’t judge. 🙂
1. Ask my husband to help me come up with 25 dinners he likes, that I cannot screw up too much.
2. Ask my friends for their top 2 easy dinner recipes.
3. Develop a binder with all these recipes and grocery lists for each. Big cookbooks totally overwhelm me.
4. Come up with a monthly plan
5. Plan to make dinners on Sunday and Wednesday. The others days can be leftovers, eating out or less complicated.
6. Do a better job at grocery trips by using my plan. I am so bad about this, but how hard can it be!
7. Focus on casseroles and crock pot meals that are easy to have for leftovers
8. Go to Supper Suppers in January. I kept saying I would do this but never did, I need to.
9. Take advantage of The Fresh Market. They have amazing chicken and beef meals that require no prep, just cooking. For just two of us, it would not be expensive.
10. Learn a few good veggie dishes. I just hope my husband does not make me eat them, ha ha.
11. Salads, make them. I know how to, I just never do.
12. Have the number for a good pizza place programmed in my cell phone. Hey, no one’s perfect.
So, here’s my question… are you in the same boat as me? Please comment if you are. Or do you want to share some dinner ideas with me and the readers? Just make ’em easy please!!