I have never been much of a cook, not even during my post-college years and I was living on my own. I think I somehow managed to get by on just cereal and sandwiches. The Food Network always caught my attention and whatever Giada or The Barefoot Contessa were making always looked delicious, but I never really felt the need to try it for myself.
Today, I'm blessed to have married someone who could care less if all I made him to eat were pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches. My husband is usually the one who cooks in our house if we all want to have a great meal. But lately, his work schedule has been all kinds of crazy so I've had to get more comfortable in the kitchen - for the sake of our son. Nine months ago, providing food for our little guy was no problem. All he needed was pureed first foods, that was such a breeze! I made him applesauce, pears, plums, peaches, mango, pineapple, beets, spinach, carrots, asparagus, sweet potato, peas, avocado - you name it! If it could be steamed and pureed, our son ate it.
|Our little guy enjoying his pureed peas (July 2011)|
But then, he graduated to more textured food and needed meats incorporated into his diet. This is where it got tricky. Pureeing beef was just gross - it would come out chalky, smelled funny, and just didn't have a good flavor and then the chicken was just too dry. I ended up buying stage 3 meals from Plum Organics and now Sprout and that just made life so much easier. And now, since he mainly eats table food, we have become more mindful of what we eat because he wants to eat what we eat. We've only fed our son organic fruits, veggies, meats, and dairy since he was 6 months old so we've now incorporated that into our own diets.
Now let me tell you, if you haven't hopped on the Pinterest band wagon, you must! Pinterest has saved my family! I find such great tasting and easy recipes all the time. I love that the ingredient list is short and is mostly stuff that you already have in your pantry. Last Friday, in observation of Lent, I made Shrimp Sandwiches with Chipotle Avocado Mayonnaise. These sandwiches were amazing! The avocado mayonnaise really added flavor to the meal. The only downside here, not enough for seconds...boo :(
Then on Sunday, because I didn't want the leftover avocado mayonnaise to go to waste, we made these Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches. Again, another great lunch! It's such a great feeling to know my husband and son are well fed and love the food they're eating.
Slowly but surely I'm liking this whole idea of cooking, sometimes it's not so bad but then other times I get discouraged when what I make doesn't come out looking like the picture from the recipe. Oh well, at least I have the encouragement from my husband and even if it tastes bad, he'll say it's delicious with a big smile on his face.