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!