No, really. I’m learning how to make yummy, nutritious dinners (but I’m a long way off). All throughout when I began to cook for myself-nights in high school when my mom wasn’t around or in college, I’d always just make easy stuff for myself: soup, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, quesadillas, that sort of thing. Lots of carbs and cheese.
And now that I’m married, I’m cooking for two people, and sometimes I need to plan out a little better than just throwing something together for myself when I happen to be hungry.
I’ve taken baby steps. Or rather, I took giants steps and then got overwhelmed and tripped and fell over backwards and now am taking baby steps. See, the first few weeks we were married, I broke out my Pioneer Woman cookbook: The Pioneer Woman Cooks and tried to conquer the world. I made twice baked potatoes, pan fried pork chops, all kinds of yumminess. And then I realized that I had created this standard that normal, not fresh-from-the-honeymoon me couldn’t live up to.
After that, I went to warming up various frozen or canned things and throwing them all together on a plate to make decent meals. Then I learned a recipe here and there, perfected them, and then cooked them too much. Now I’m somewhere like…I make one labor intensive component, one semi-labor intensive component, and one no brainer. Por ejemplo:
A while ago I got home from the store and cut up almost all of our fruit and made it into a beautiful fruit salad:
Now fruit salad is not DIFFICULT to make, just time consuming. PS-I poured orange juice over the fruit so it wouldn’t brown, but I’m an idiot and the bananas got all nasty. Don’t put bananas in fruit salad that you intend on noshing on for a few days.
Then I put some Alexia potatoes in the oven. MAN DO I LOVE ALEXIA PRODUCTS.
Sometimes I do cut and season my own fries (I love making sweet potato fries), but that would be the labor intensive part of the meal, and I already did that for this meal, so bagged fries it was.
And then, shamefully, I warmed up pre-cooked turkey burgers in the microwave and we wound up with this:
Now I realize that this is not the fanciest of dinners, but it’s just an example of the process I go through to make our dinners FOR NOW. But I really want us to start eating healthier, which means a lot less pre-packaged/processed things and more raw, fresh ingredients. I’ve been picking up recipes here and there, and hoping to get better and better at this. If you have any suggestions about recipes or even just more tips like putting our fruit in baggies to encourage us to snack on it, please feel free to leave a comment! Oh also if anyone would like to give me free lessons on taking good photos with my point and shoot. That would be helpful too.