For those of you that know me well, this is actually not a confession at all. You know that I am not a fan of cooking. You realize that most of my meals are the same meal just in different methods of delivery… For example, I am great at roasting vegetables. I roast broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and sweet potatoes on a regular basis. It is possibly the easiest form of “cooking” there is. It requires chopping, mixing with olive oil, salt and pepper and then spreading on a baking sheet. The oven does the rest. Sometimes I will switch it up and bake the sweet potato instead of roasting it.
Same. exact. thing.
Sometimes I will do a sweet potato and black bean mixture. I’m not really sure what to call it. I literally cook and mix together sweet potatoes and black beans.
Snacks: cut up avocado, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, bananas, grapes, pineapple etc… (insert other fruits)
I also know how to cook salmon, so we eat that once a week. Along with my roasted veggies.
My poor family.
I have had several people ask me how my family eats so healthy. Well, in response… 1) They have to because I refuse to cook complicated things and 2) We are not as clean eating as I wish we were due to my lack of cooking enthusiasm.
It is unfortunate that #2 is true, because I sure can talk the talk. It isn’t from a desire to eat unhealthy food that we continue to do so, it is a matter of convenience.
I am struggling with the amount of time and energy that it takes to meal plan and meal prep. My husband loves to cook and is excellent at it, so he does the majority of the real cooking. The problem is his schedule is always changing and so we do not have a routine. If I am left to cook dinner. Guess what we are having? Roasted veggies, and maybe a frozen pizza.
This has to end.
Thus, my VERY PUBLIC outing and call to action.
A friend recently gave me permission to stalk her pinterest board for meal planning ideas. She grocery shops on Sundays and has each meal planned out for the entire week. This is brilliant. I tried to do this and..well…because I usually have the kids with me at the grocery store, it did not go so well. I ended up without most of the items (yes, most…I don’t know what happened?! I was in survival mode..) that I need for the weeks meals I had picked, but I ended up with a lot of fruit, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and carrots. Old habits die hard, I guess.
So…HELP. Please help me. I am getting into smoothies for breakfast. I also can scramble eggs with the best of them, so the first meal of the day is not really my issue. I’m looking for lunch and dinner options and more specifically…a game plan. I’m ready for your ideas but I will have to start slow. Very, very slow. Please keep this in mind.