Tag Archives: chipotle

Slow Cook and Her Slow Cooker

9 Jan

Over the winter break from school I had some time to think about things that I wanted to change in 2013. I had been feeling incredibly guilty about the eating patterns of my family. It looked like I had myself all figured out. But what about THEM?

I have managed to lose all my baby weight and then some. I watch what I eat constantly, making low fat, low calorie, low sodium, and often low taste choices at almost every turn. I exercise and have long term goals for my body and my overall health that I still haven’t reached. I want to run a Marathon and I want to rock a leopard bikini. No, I have not put a time limit on these goals, yes, I realize it might take a while. It hasn’t been easy and I’m not discounting how long it took to figure out how to pull my physical self together. I am proud of what I’ve done so far and actually excited for the Beach this Summer.

Meanwhile-Back at the Ranch- The kids have been feasting on a diet consisting of frozen chicken nuggets, pasta, hot dogs, frozen steam in the bag veggies, and Chipotle. I have managed to keep my house clear of candy, chips and cookies. I seem to have also completely skipped over the whole concept of a home cooked nutritious meal. I got away with it this long because my husband usually isn’t home for dinner and the twins were young enough that I could throw an array of finger foods at them and that would be good enough.

The time has come for me to step up to the plate. Literally.

I dug out my slow cooker yesterday, which I hadn’t seen since it was selected off my bridal registry 8 years ago. I googled kid-friendly healthy slow cooker recipes and I was off and running! I made sweet and sour chicken with bell peppers and brown rice. It came out perfectly.

The response from the children? I’ll be back later to give all the glorious details on that. Let’s just say, it wasn’t all Norman Rockwell up in here…



Chef Boyardee Got Nothin’ On Me

17 May

I don’t cook. It’s not that I can’t cook, I just don’t. It doesn’t come naturally to me to just dash into the market pick up my ingredients come home and whip up a meal. It actually feels quite the opposite to me, foreign, yup cooking feels foreign. I see people in the supermarket with their shopping lists and little bags of vegetables and spices and uncooked meats, I know it can’t be that hard if everyone’s doing it. I guess it’s just not part of my routine and I’m a little frightened of new things. I am also a closet vegetarian and have some sensory issues with food. What does that mean? It means I hate touching chicken/meat/fish of any kind and I feel very guilty when I eat it. The sensory issues, let’s just say, if it’s too mushy, smells weird or just strikes me the wrong way, I ain’t eating it. Those of you who know my oldest daughter HB, are starting to understand where her food “pickyness” comes from right about now.
At this point you must be wondering what it is this family eats if the Mother doesn’t cook? Let’s see, we have Chipotle night, we have Whole Foods chicken night, Trader Joe’s night, Pasta night and Auntie Stacey cooks night. I’ve gotten away with it this long because my husband doesn’t make it home in time for Dinner and my kids are young enough that they don’t really sit down for a big formal meal. Every time I decide that today is the big day to cook dinner, I find myself overwhelmed by the rules and limitations I have. The meal has to be organic, healthy, pork free, easy to make and kid friendly. Next thing I know I’m ling in the fetal position in front of the oven.
All of this being said, I feel the time has come for me to step up to the plate, literally. Not because it’s my duty or listed in my marriage contract, but because I know that it’s healthier and I want my kids to feel at home in the kitchen.
So, I’ve decided that starting on Monday ( I need a few days to get ready) I am going to start operation HCM, Home Cooked Meal. I’m going to figure out what the family will be eating for the entire week and get everything I need to make it happen on Sunday. My starting goal is to cook at least three meals the first week. I plan on conducting interviews at Roxbury Park tomorrow asking other Mom’s what they cook that their kids actually eat. I’m hoping to slowly ease into my apron and before I know it I will be the Rachel Ray of the Westside, hopefully without having to touch any raw meat in the process…

%d bloggers like this: