I haven't always cooked. I had many reasons for not cooking: There were only two of us, and my husband was never home for dinner anyway. I didn't know how to make anything. I was very busy. My feet hurt. Produce goes bad too fast. Pinterest wasn't invented yet. It took too long. I was afraid I'd mess it up. You see? Many reasons!
After my second child was born (she's now 2 1/2 ), I decided I was going to start cooking. I spent hours and hours wearing her in my Moby wrap reading recipes, dicing vegetables, measuring spices, and cleaning up enormous messes.
(Baby wearing while cooking or using a knife is not advised--by anyone-- anywhere--ever.)
This week I feel like I'm approaching mastery of family cooking!
The menu (planned in advance!)
honey garlic chicken (crock pot)
cheese burger casserole
On Sunday I made all the filling for the Mexican Lasagna, enchiladas and the meat base for the chili. While I was doing that, I also steamed rice to go with the chicken. Another onion is already chopped and in the freezer for the cheese burger casserole. I froze the chili base because I won't need that until the end of the week. I also froze the rice for the same reason. I put the other fillings in the refrigerator.
This evening I rolled up the enchiladas, poured on some sauce and put them in the oven, it only took about 10 minutes. Clean up took about 4 minutes, and now I'm sitting on the couch holding a baby and writing on my blog.
The unexpected surprise is that I actually have more than I need, so I can freeze some extra enchiladas for another meal, and I can have a leftovers day and save one meal for next week.
What meals do you make that are easy to prep in advance, healthy, and delicious?
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