Oragnization/Cooking Help Needed!

Kara - posted on 03/24/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




So, I'm not a fan of cooking, never have been. I have some lovely cookbooks, a slow cooker and other handy things that are suppose make things pain free, but at the end of the day, I really don't get excited at the prospect of making dinner. I would love to change, but I know I'm not going to be a master chef anytime soon. I would love to hear your tips & tricks for making quicky & snappy lunches & dinners for a family of 3 (soon to be 4). Our son is almost 2 and he's a picky eater - I would love to change his habits and ours as well. Help, advice & suggstions would be appreciated! Thanks!


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Definetly try out the crockpot. There is a little recipe booklet that comes with it. I've tried almost all the recipes in it. To make things easier before bed I put all the ingredients in the crockpot and put the pot in the fridge until morning. Before leaving fo work I pull the pot out, place it in the heating element and when I return home from work dinner is ready. Infact I made corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots on St. Patty's Day.

Corrie - posted on 03/24/2011




Firstly, it's crappy NOT enjoying cooking, i love cooking but i know sometimes i just don't have the energy, time or even money to buy and prepare a fresh hot meal so i have to think about this too.
I think I'd suggest cold meals if you aren't a huge fan of cooking! Salads, hard boiled eggs, cold meats, healthy vegetable crisps, finger foods, coldslaw, sandwiches and ceareals/cereal bars.
For hot and quick, don't neglect the freezer. there are so great healthy ready meals if you have no drive to cook but some things are easy to make and freeze in large batches too! (pasta - 5 mins, covered in pesto, tomato sauce, cheese sauce).
I also buy a large chicken once a month and find it serves us as a family of 3 (soon to be 4) for the better part of a week. Chicken dinner (mash or roasts from a frozen bag, any number of veg from frozen, tins or fresh), then cold chicken and salad and chips, then a curry (few spices, half an onion, tin of coconut milk and pepper or mushroom) and boil up the carcass (in your slow cooker or a pressure cooker) and picky bits for soup. Just add broth mix and chopped potato/carrots and leave for an hour :)
It's not WRONG to open a tin of spaghetti/beans/ravaoli every now and then and cook up some sausages/bacon/steak and waffles, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a super mum with no job, a tiny house to clean and a day care centre....
Soups are good too, home made or bought, quick and easy and usually pretty nutritous.
If anything else springs to mind i'll let you know :D

Janelle - posted on 03/24/2011




I have picky eaters too. but i also have lots of easy, kid friendly recipes. Bacon cheesburger pasta is easy and popular around here. if you want the recipe let me know. www.allrecipes.com has good stuff too.


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