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Cooking at Home

Saturday, January 26, 2013

My hubby and I eat out for nearly every meal. Or at least we used to. In November I had surgery for acid reflux and that radically changed my eating. For quite a while it was just not feasible to eat out. Even now eating out can be difficult, but we do eat out on occasion. But starting sometime in December I decided that we need to start eating at home more often (almost all of the time). I just want to eat healthier. My husband would rather continue to dine out but frankly, he has high blood pressure and needs to lose a lot of poundage too, so this is really for the best. But certainly it has not been easy. I work long hours, have a long commute and I am usually just tired when I get home. On the weekends I am rushing to get laundry done, clean the house and do the necessary errands. Who has time for cooking, let alone going to the store? In the past, sometimes weeks would pass without a grocery store trip. But, we are doing it. Each weekend I plan out at least a week's worth of meals (sometimes two weeks if I have frozen leftovers to thaw, or if I can think of healthy nutritional meals that require only non-perishables). Then I take my list and go to the store. But here is the deal...I have to plan meals that are super easy, take virtually no time in the evenings, and that my husband enjoys. My husband is very picky. He doesn't like vegetables, he doesn't like anything with "sauce" (that includes gravy, anything with mustard or mayo, barbecue sauce, etc). He doesn't like yogurt, beans, mushrooms or tomatoes. He doesn't like any kind of fish, except fried, but no salmon please. He does like fried chicken, hamburgers and pizza. Oh, and he loves candy and chips...lots and lots of candy and chips. So this has been an interesting journey. Today I spent a long time searching for crock pot recipes on SparkRecipes. I am trying to find things that he will eat and that requires little or no preparation...just throw it in the crock pot (no browning the meat or peeling veggies) and go to work! I do have a small list of crock pot recipes that we eat from time to time but I need to add to the list of favorites because I don't want to eat the same food each night. During today's search I found quite a few things that we will try. Yesterday I tried a new one, and that didn't go over well (sorry hubby, I froze the leftovers for a future meal, so you are going to get that one at least one more time). I have tried salmon twice in the past month....with mixed results. I thought it was pretty good both times, I think he was just mediocre about it. I also tried cod. It must have been old because my house reeked of fish for a few days. I might try frozen cod next time to see if I get better results. Overall it is going okay, though I worry about future time constraints as it looks like I am going to get even busier from now until the end of June. But I've got to try!
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    mine was a lot like yours at first but got him in the kitchen cooking with me and now he eats all kinds of things..he doesn't like sauces and loves fried things but now we mainly grill..You can get a small table top grill and experiment with it and see if he doesn't like things cooked that way..Get some of those non-stick pans and use olive oil to fry..and I fix my veggies plain with tiny bit of butter..The frozen kind taste fresh compared to the canned. When warmer weather gets her make a date with hubby to go to the farmer's market..he eventually will come around..mine did.
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    1881 days ago
    Here's my favorite easy meal:

    Throw chicken breasts (even frozen) in a crockpot with a can or two of Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chiles) When you are about to eat shred the chicken with two forks - the end result tastes just like the shredded chicken soft tacos at most fast food places - so you can add whatever you and and eat in a hard or soft taco, or eat it over a salad.
    1882 days ago
    WOW. That is a challenge. I support you!
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  • LJOYCE55
    You might wish to turn the tables and have your husband plan meals that you would like instead of you always working around his likes/dislikes. He may surprise you.
    1882 days ago
    Your husband sounds a lot like mine hahahahaha he doesn't like anything that crunches like onions , peppers and I'm lucky he'll eat green beans! hahahaha
    Good for you for taking the time to find new recipes and good for you for insisting on making your own meals , the restaurant food isn't something you want to live on as you see he has high BP that stuff is full of sodium and fat.
    Not sure if you like broccoli and cheese but sometimes when I want a snack I cut the plastic off the frozen broccoli and cheese (green giant) I cut the wrapper so I get all the cheese and put it over a baked potato sometimes that's a quick lunch or just the broccoli and cheese is a quick low calorie snack.
    Your doing this for the health of both of you he just needs to realize this and maybe then instead of chips and pizza he'll be craving strawberries and blueberries as I have.

    1882 days ago
    I applaud your determination
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