Hmmmmm….what will I cook today? oh no! …not again! Kids asking….”what’s for dinner?” You are NOT alone….
Lots of people just stop on the way back home from work and buy fast food, or stop at the supermarket thinking that their fairy godmother will show up and help them think fast of a menu for dinner. Or..even worst…you have a lot of food at home and you don’t even know what or what to do with it! And then the pressure…it has to be healthy and delicious!
Besides hearing this over and over every day from my family and friends, I went through this too!
Let me try to help you in some way. After all, that is what my blog is all about, helping with tricks, tips and simple and delicious recipes.
Let me share what I did to solve this. First of all, since I have my great-grandmother’s, my grand-mother and my mother’s notebooks full of recipes…besides my own…I created a RED binder (my favorite color). I have gathered lots of recipes from them, cookbooks, chefs, family and friends. And, of course I keep adding, I own two binders now! I also bought a big box of plastic covers at Costco and covered each recipe (you can insert two recipes in a cover). By doing this, I can get them all dirty while I am cooking and then I just wipe them off. It is worth your precious time, believe me! Begin slowly, one day at a time, you will “actually” know what you are eating when you cook from scratch. It is a great feeling!
Once a week, I pull out some recipes from my red binder, then I make sure that I have the ingredients. Check your refrigerator and freezer, then prepare your food list.
If you don’t want to bother finding a vegetable recipe, you can mix 2-3 different vegetables, mix them a bowl with olive oil, 1/4 sliced onion, salt, pepper and some kind of herb (s) and roast them in the oven at 475 °F for 20-25 mins. please remember to set up a timer. While the oven is taking care of your veggies you can prepare the rest of your meal.
If you also want to have potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams, slice or cube and precook them for 2-3 minutes in a small bowl covered with a safe microwave lid. Then, add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning (mixed dried herb/condiment section) and sautee for approximately 5 minutes. (Sauteing is the process by which a vegetable is sliced and brought to a golden-brown by cooking it over a medium-low to medium heat with a bit of olive oil (1 Tbsp) without adding water).
I usually wait for the weekend to try out side dish recipes. Once you have tried them, you will become a pro, feel more confident and cook them during the week.
After I try a new recipe, I write my own comments, first the date, then…, “added more salt,” “replaced shallots for red onion,” my kids and my husband loved it…and so on.. oh…I even rate it with stars too! I am my own food critic!
My red binder cookbook
My mom is on the cover when she was 24 years old. She is my inspiration!