I've been struggling recently. You know, getting tired of cooking the same old stuff and thinking that I should be more creative with my recipes and more organized with the meal plan, groceries etc. So I thought I would try a new recipe book (not calling any names) that a friend (not calling any names) lent me. It was just what I needed - lots of new healthy recipes and a weekly grocery list to boot. So I dove in head first, chose a week and headed out to collect my ingredients. So exciting!
At the grocery store: Don't get me wrong I quite enjoy buying stuff, any stuff really. But even this was trying for me. About an hour.
At home: Too much stuff at once! I didn't have enough room in my fridge for everything to be nicely orgainzed so that kinda bugged me but whatever.
Dinner: Not terribly difficult but lots of steps (and pots) - followed by (Grrr) my kids' not so positive reactions. I'm sure you guys are familiar with the "response" - "Ah Mum I'm not really hungry right now." So you force them to eat a little and then they eat cereal anyways. But I'm pretty determined so I tried again the next night. At least I had leftovers for lunch the next day. That sort of compensated for the big mess I made the night before.
But I had to admit after four days that this was really not going that well and heck who was I kidding that the family would chow down on our next dinner of spaghettii squash and kale salad? Let's just say it was an interesting experience and another "learning opportunity". I'm all over the "silver lining" thing.
In conclusion, I realized that what I had been doing was ok for our family, even if if it was pretty repetitive. It's not a big deal for me to stop in at the supermarket regularly for a few items. I'm lucky becasue I do have the time. And simple is good. My repertoire includes a few comfort food (yes with carbs!) like shepherd's pie, lasagna and my kids' favourite - Bajan Chicken Dumpling Soup. I "capitalize" it because it's pretty special to us. But my staple meals are just some form of protein like grilled chicken, fish or steak (all raised naturally, humanley and without anti-biotics - only if I can find them locally...), some form of startch like roasted potatoes (God forbid), brown rice or whole grain pasta and a big, huge salad or veggies. I make my own dressing (pretty well just good olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic) and I must say these meals are devoured with limited mess creted. Only one downside - no leftovers...Maybe I should just make bigger batches!
Best meal in ages! Honey mustard organic chicken with roasted dijon potatoes, zuchini and (from our Doylestown farmer's market) arugula, radishes. carrots and sunflower seeds with my homemade balsamic vinaigtrette.