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One of the areas in which I struggle the most is meal planning and cooking. I don’t seem to have sufficient time to plan meals and I don’t enjoy cooking. Cooking, for me, is just another chore. Something that I do because I have to, not because I want to. My husband is a great cook and he actually enjoys cooking, yet his schedule is such that he doesn’t have the time to cook often. But, he is the go-to chef for weekend meals. I, on the other hand, am the “fall guy” for weekday meals. Ugh!
I can’t keep track of all the blogs I have subscribed to, hoping to become inspired enough to miraculously love cooking. Shucks! I don’t even enjoy grocery shopping. I’ve tried to play the coupon game, but failed miserably. I did get excited about BOGO (Buy One, Get One FREE) from Harris Teeter once upon a time, but it didn’t last. I enjoyed seeing how much I could save without using coupons.
It is a challenge to find meals that are not only delicious and nutritious, but also cheap and easy. Sure, I would love to cook like Ina Garten or Giada De Laurentiis, but who has that kind of time? I sure don’t! So, I have to rely on my own bootleg version of gourmet recipes. I figure, as long as the kids eat it, we’re golden. 😆
Every now and then I manage to try something new.
My attempt to cook a whole chicken, to save money and use it for additional meals. Uuuuuum, I accomplished the save money part, sort of (it was an organic chicken).
Delicious and Nutritious is the first in a series on meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking. How do you prepare for meal time?
Until next time-
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. (Proverbs 31:14-15 NIV)