- 6 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014
On any given week day we eat any of the above recipes as well as coconut curry, cabbage rolls, salmon, grilled chicken breast, pork chops. We aren’t picky at all but everything I cook at home is Gluten Free as my Fi is Celiac.
FYI i am 25
I like to cook but don’t really have time to often. I highly recommend a crock pot if you’re just starting out as you can make so much in them! Chicken stir fry is very easy too. I have the allrecipes app on my phone and it’s great, they also have a website.
Also my Momma always said you can’t mess up chili
I used to hate to cook. I have had several homes that I didn’t really use the kitchen. Since my current BF and I moved in to our home in January I have started cooking a lot more. I use pinterst for a lot of recipes as well his his mom and my mom. I actually made my first lasagna without a recipe the last night and tried a steak marinade this morning for steak salads. I plan our menu out in advance and tend to try to prep things in advance at least. It doesn’t always work out but we were spending an outragous amount of money eating out. My advice is to start small and simple and work your way up. If you fail at something it happens. I ruined a 20 dollar piece of roast this week because I overcooked it. So we ended up ordering a 30 dollar takeout dinner. Nothing like spending 60 dollars on dinner because you coudn’t read a recipe right…and yes, I’m still mad about it.
I’ve been told im lucky. Ever since I was tall enough to see over the counter my mom would have me watch while she cooked and would recite our family recipes and culture recipes every time we would talk about food.
So even on the first time that I had to cook for myself, I already knew what to do. It was messy and tougher than I thought but I knew what to do thanks to my mom.
Even to this day, she still makes sure I boil water properly lol
I know my mother better than I know myself, and it’s a fact that she didn’t ever purposely try to teach me how to cook, she just loved my company and gave her an excuse to chat while cooking. I love her.
We do a mixture of “box cooking” and cooking from scratch. I work evenings a lot and Fiance has to fend for himself sometimes, but when I have time and feel up to it, I like to cook big meals from scratch and try new recipes. FI’s favorite thing that I make is pineapple chicken curry, and it’s pretty easy.
I use a weekly schedule to plan our meals (I make sure the leftovers on weeknights become the next day’s lunch). This way, I can stick to a groceries’ list that doesn’t allow me to buy everything and anything : I just pick up what I need. You will save a lot of money by avoiding frozen meals (and you’ll eat better, too).
To prevent us from eating out too much, Fiance and I discussed the type of meals we usually enjoy eating out and we included them to our weekly schedule (using themes). Our Friday night became ”International” meal night, where we choose if we want to eat a recipe that’s Italian, Asian, Indian, French, etc. On Sunday, it’s English breakfast at 11 am. And our Wednesday night is our Fast food night : we cook hamburgers, homemade pizzas or tacos.
I like to use themes because it’s really a no brainer when it comes to planning. It only takes me a few minutes to come up with recipes for the whole week. Ultimately, you only need to have 2-3 recipes of each category on hand, so you can rotate throughout the month. A few ideas to get you started :
– Using a type of meat : Red Meat, Poultry, Fish or Seafood, Giblets, Deli …
– Using a mode of cooking : BBQ, Crockpot, Microwave, No cooking required …
– Using a type of meal you’d like to include : Pasta, Burgers, Salad, Soup, Sandwich, Pizza, Vegeterian …
– Using a type of food you enjoy (Ethnic/International)
– Using a fun theme and make it a challenge or an opportunity to try new things : New Ingredient, New Recipe, Cheeses, Fondue …
Have fun !
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