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MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,230)
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4/25/12 2:07 P

I did not like to cook either. But learning to cook is one of the best self-improvement ideas. Not only you can eat nutritious meals, but also you can save a ton of money. To this end, start slow. There are delicious recipes that are very easy to cook at SP and elsewhere. Gradually develop a sense of how to mix various ingredients together.

KELLY_SP SparkPoints: (139,691)
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4/25/12 9:32 A

The SparkPeople Cookbook has VERY EASY and delicious meals that don't take a lot of time to make - and they are good for you!!

Be well,

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4/24/12 5:58 P

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
4/24/12 4:29 P

Can you start teaching your kids to cook?

It might be a pain to do at first, since none of you actually like doing the cooking, but they are eventually going to leave home (one hopes!), and it's an essential life skill that they need to know. Knowing how to cook will be impressive to future dates, if they care about that kind of thing.

It might lend some positive interest to something that feels like such a negative chore.

NIKOLINI555 SparkPoints: (538)
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4/24/12 3:47 P

I hate the time it takes to make the meal and yes the meals I make are boring. My kids are not fan's of interested looking meals they like it simple meat, potatoes/rice and only carrots raw not cooked. However I like everything and love one pot meals as well but my kids don't.

Thank you for the response it gave me some good ideas

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
4/24/12 3:41 P

my son hates veggies also so i blend them into a lot of foods and he doesn't even know he's eating them or maybe u can try the V8 Splash drink that has veggies and fruit in it and it's good

4/24/12 3:28 P

It sounds like there are some huge generalizations going on here. So... let's take a closer look.

What do you mean by saying that you "hate cooking"? Do you hate the mess? Hate doing the dishes? Hate the time it takes? Just not really know what to do, or not know how to make it fun, healthy, and interesting?

You say you kids hate vegetables, but there has to be SOMETHING they will eat. My mom used to melt a little cheese over my broccoli - I learned to love it that way. I don't like salad, but I enjoy raw veggies dipped in hummus or dressing. Potatoes are usually an easy crowd pleaser, and sweet potatoes aren't a huge jump from that.

I'm not a big fan of meals like you describe - a central meat, size of starch, side of veg. It's boring and it requires a lot of dirty dishes. I prefer one-pot and combined meals like soups, stews, casseroles, pastas, etc. Mixed into a baked ziti or a spicy bowl of chili, vegetables don't seem quite so bad. These dishes can be high calorie, but they can also be quite healthy with the right ingredients and techniques. Tonight for dinner I'm making pizza - store bought whole-wheat pizza dough, store bought pesto sauce, fresh mozzarella and shredded parmesan cheeses, throw some veggies on top or have a side salad or raw veggies with dip. Quick, tasty, easy dinner, and the only dishes are the pizza pan or pizza stone.

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4/24/12 3:03 P

Have you thought about asking in diet and nutrition?

The only way I can advise you about getting all the food groups is to cook... I suppose you could go raw and live on sandwiches and raw veggies...

NIKOLINI555 SparkPoints: (538)
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4/24/12 2:56 P

I really hate cooking I would be so healthy and not overweight if I had a chef in the house but me and my two teenagers don't like to cook so it is all on me. Great any hints out there to get all our nutrients in. tonight I am making pork tenderloin, rice and veggies.

Oh year did I mention my kids hate veggies.

Any ideas are appreciated

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