I don’t cook.
Unless you count penne pasta with some microwaved Ragu sauce.
I do enjoy baking. Except for the mess.
This pattern of behavior resulted in dining out for dinner. A lot.
Because it’s really too hot to bake 75% of the year in Texas.
Today something switched over in me.
Maybe it was actually needing to wear long sleeves for the first time since spring.
Maybe it was the dry, refreshing air as I opened my windows.
Maybe it was reading multiple blogs this weekend posting recipes I thought my children might like.
Whatever the reason.
I’m going to try to turn over a new leaf.
For my children.
Right now I am a Stay at Home Parent Failure.
I admit it.
My house is still unorganized.
My laundry isn’t put away.
And I rarely ever cook.
My children eat Nutri-grain blueberry Eggos for breakfast. Every morning.
My children eat peanut butter and jelly for lunch. Almost every day.
We dine out for dinner. Almost every night.
When I do cook, it is either the aforementioned pasta or Duncan Hines brownies.
We used to grill a lot, until the temperatures climbed over 100 every day and a burn ban went into effect.
My daughter is the embodiment of two year old pickiness. She will not eat a vegetable. Some nights she’ll barely touch her favorite foods, much less something good for her like beans and rice.
My four and half year old son has become more choosy with age and will typically only eat vegetables in soup form. He does love beans and rice.
Both of them are happy to eat the usual “kid” foods (i.e. unhealthy) like pizza and hot dogs.
I want better for them.
I want to teach my children to cook.
Yes, the irony is not lost on me.
But I need help.
I have several recipes from my childhood.
None are for “healthy” food.
I need new recipes.
There are millions of them on the internet.
Most are not written for the cooking challenged.
I like directions written out and easy enough for a four year old to follow (example: a recipe for rice does not mention you should wash your rice first if it is not instant – oops).
I am a recipe follower. I measure ingredients to the letter. I’m told it has a lot to do with my love of baking – you can’t really tweak it before it’s ready.
I’m asking my readers for help.
I need healthy recipes (with one to all of requirements below):
- with easy to understand directions.
- my 4.5 year old can help me make.
- with a quick prep time (sometimes my daughter won’t let me boil pasta).
- creative, hidden, but still healthy ways to expose children to vegetables.
- my very picky two year old (who loves fruit, cereal, cheese pizza, hot dogs, but rarely eats meat) might eat.
Dinner recipes are needed most, but ones for healthy snacks or breakfast would also be nice.
As far as their tastes go, both of my children enjoy Italian food and fruit smoothies. My son loves Mexican food too.
I asked on facebook and someone mentioned Crockpot Girls. I couldn’t find a lot of feedback or nutritional information on many of the recipes.
I fear cooking dinner, having it turn into inedible mush, then watching meltdowns ensue.
I need recipes you’ve actually made, with any tweaks you did.
I don’t mind if they’re copy and pasted, linked to the recipe(s), a blog post you did about it, whatever.
Just tell me what the recipe is called and which number (s) above the recipe falls into.
Thank you so much for your help.
I’m tired of being a failure in the kitchen.
*Note: I cannot freeze anything, which complicates cooking ahead and thawing as needed.