Post # 1
Mr. Polar Bear and I have this nasty college habit of eating fast-food. I’m not proud of it (and neither is the size of my tummy) and I know I definitely have to change it, but it’s hard when his roommates keep the kitchen a wreck. I was thinking though of the future, in our newly applianced, well-kept kitchen which will not look like there was a frat party inside the fridge.
I’ve made the decision that once we move in together I definitely want to cook at home and start trying to eat healthier. But I don’t know what to cook. Mr. Polar Bear will eat the usual: spaghetti, roast beef, hamburgers. But I want to step it up so that I no longer crave the delicious fattiness that is fast-food. And given that I haven’t quite developed my fantastic culinary skills yet, I’m in need of ideas.
What meals (special or otherwise) do you like to cook for FI? Is there something you would like to cook? Thoughts?
Post # 3
I looove cooking fish, like salmon or halibut or cod. It’s SO easy–I either just pan sear it on the stove top or roast it in the oven for 20 minutes. I’ll usually do some sauteed veggies on the side, either spinach, broccoli, or green beans. Super easy, and pretty healthy too!
I also like to make stuffed chicken breasts. I just mix up some goat cheese with basil, sauteed onions/shallots, and garlic, cut a slit in the chicken breast, and shove that stuffing right in there. I brown the sides on the stove top and then broil it or bake it.
I really like epicurious.com for recipes, and cookinglight.com.
Dh LOVES steak and pasta, but I try not to make that stuff too much, since it’s not so good for you to have a lot of it 🙂
I wish he were more open to trying pork! I love pork tenderloin, but he won’t really eat it 🙁
Post # 4
Try re-creating your fast food favorites at home with a healthy twist:
Sweet potato fries
Crunchy tacos using lean ground beef
Chicken quesadillas made with whole wheat tortillas
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs dressed in buffalo sauce (healthy buffalo wings)
Post # 5
We cook almost every night together. My favorite website is skinnytaste.com. Her recipes are weight watchers but you honestly would never know.
This is our menu for the week:
Baked halibut with couscous
Asian Glazed drum sticks with salad
Chicken tostadas (kind of like fajitas) with a cucumber/avacado salad
Spinach lasagna rolls (already made…I froze extras the last time I cooked)
Turkey stuffed zuchini with brown rice
Thats a normal week day menu. Special occasions we usually make some type of seafood because its our favorite. And in the summer we pretty much only cook on the grill-lots of chicken, shrimp, and turkey burgers 🙂
Post # 6
Another vote for fish–I just pan sear it most of the time, but we get a CSF share every other Wednesday and I try to cook the fish right away since it’s super fresh and otherwise we’d have to freeze it.
Shrimp is awesome, and grilling season is coming up! Marinated for just an hour or two, shrimp can be so, so flavorful and they’re great on salads or with a grain depending on your mood.
FI’s very favorite is risgrynsgroet, which is a rice porridge. We have to make it with almond milk because I have “a milk thing” and it takes forever on the stove, but he loves it. I make it for special occasions or if he’s feeling really crappy.
Post # 7
Homemade pizza (homemade pizza crust and homemade pizza sauce). Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs-Fi’s mom’s recipe lol though I make it much better than his mom per FI.
Mostly bake more for him. He loves my pumpkin bread and pumpkin bars. His favorite is chocolate chip cookies.
Sadly though we need to replace our oven because it is not working correctly.
Post # 8
@Sassygrn: Homemade pizza is the best! We get the thin crust kind and experiment with toppings. Faster than delivery!
Post # 9
There are a couple of recipes in my repertoire that my FI loves. I make a really nice mushroom risotto that’s actually pretty easy. There is an indian dish with chick peas and tomatoes that he loves. I make lots of soups as well (minestrone, potato, chick pea/potato/spinich) We make lots of pasta too and while FI likes my pasta, he’s Italian and can make a pretty good sauce himself.
But my FI ends up cooking lots because I’m a vegetarian and he eats meat. So we often cook together and he’ll make his meat dish and maybe a small side and I’ll make something for us to share. Or we’ll do a stir-fry or soup or pasta sauce where meat can be added at the end.
Post # 10
bummer i just wrote a real long post and it didnt go!!! anyways!
in my post i wrote about the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (this is the one I have)
It has lots of great recipes in there and it is good for new cookers! it has great info on what temps to cook meat at and what they should be when they are done. FI loves the recipe for chicken breasts that are “oven fried” out of there! I like to make that for him!! I also make a mean roasted chicken…I could tell you how but then I’d have to kill you! JK!
Post # 11
MMMMM I love all your ideas. I wish I was more of a fish eater, but I can’t get over the taste. And unfortunately I am allergic to shellfish…bad.
Mom makes this tilapia in peanut butter sauce though which is to die for (although as I type it, it doesn’t sound as appetizing). I think I am going to try out some of the websites you offered and go from there.
Is anyone else absolutely in love with their crock pot? I think I might try using that as well on days when I have class (all my classes for fall are 5-815pm).
His mom makes this fantastic pot roast in the crock pot with golden mushroom soup, garlic onion mix, potatoes and carrots. It’s so delicious. My mom makes a tomato pot roast in the crock pot with a tomato base, garlic, more potatoes and carrots. So hungry now XD
Post # 12
It isn’t healthy but it is a big hit! HOMEMADE LASAGNA!
I make everything from the sauce to the chease mixture and he loves mine so much he won’t eat it made by anyone else, becuase it is just not the same.
another staple in our home( I cook alot over there already even though I don;t live there as we are in an LDR) are quickies like jazzed up hamerger helper, roasted pork tender loin with instant mashed potatos, salad mixes already in a bag, grilling. things that are pretty convenient.
Post # 13
he’s pretty happy with whatever i make but he loves my chicken pot pie so i try to make that for him more frequently.
Post # 14
@PrairieGirl: Mushroom risotto sounds delicious. (I just got into risotto). I recently just got FH into indian food, is it healthy though?
@soontobmrsc: Thanks, I might ask mom to get me that for my bridal shower.
@Sassygrn:We love pizza so I will have to try that. I imagine it would be fun if we made the pizza together. Yay, couple activities.
@R.Elliott: That menu sounds amazing. Does it take you a long time to put together. I think that’s part of our problem…fast-food is just convenient. I am super excited about the new appliances though so I am already getting eager to cook.
@Bostongrl25: How long does that generally take you? I love seeing people’s menus. I think if you set up a menu at the beginning of the week it takes the pressure off having to think up something on the fly…and then opting for junk lol
Post # 15
We eat lots of boneless skinless chicken with different seasonings so it doesnt get boring, sometimes I bake fish with italian bread crumbs if I feel like eating something breaded (not dipped in but just a little sprinkled on top) we also eat a lot of soup. Oh and homemade chilli is REALLY good and suprisingly low in calories. If we feel like fries we cut up potatos, season them, and drizzle with a bit of olive oil for crunch. My FI also makes chicken burgers (with lean ground chicken) instead of eating hamburgers.