If you’re like most women I know or even men — because some of them do all the cooking — you’re multitasking big time, juggling a family, job and trying to please everyone. That’s one reason I decided to start my food blog.
I don’t believe making meals should take up all your free time, let alone cleaning up afterward. In fact, I think meals should be easy to prepare, fun to make and eat, delicious and nutritious with minimal cleanup.
They should leave you and your family looking forward to dinner and leave plenty of time for fun afterward. Too often after a long day of working fast food sounds like the answer to a prayer, but fast food doesn’t have the nutrients or flavors that these homemade recipes offer.
The fast food often costs more than you’d spend for a home-cooked meal, too! I want to change your perception of cooking, just like mine’s been changed after I decided to take charge of my kitchen and do a little research on how to make mealtime a pleasure rather than a pain you have to get through to finally rest a bit for the evening. (Or in some cases, before you have to throw in a load of laundry, help the kids with homework or all the other tasks that come at the end of a long day.)
It took a little time to gather and test these recipes, but it was time well spent. I’ve done a lot of the researching for you, so you can enjoy the same luxury of serving easy, inexpensive, healthy meals as I do now. Fast food no longer sounds nearly as enticing, unless it’s a soft serve cone dipped in sprinkles or chocolate….then, maybe a bit!
You’ll find recipes that are easy to make and taste fantastic. You’ll also find some of my favorite foods, ones I’ve eaten in restaurants when I’ve traveled, or one’s friends introduced to me when I was their guest. While many of these are delicious, some of them are also very time consuming, and I include them only because they taste so good.
I save these recipes for times I feel like cooking something special. Aside from these, almost all my recipes are both simple to make and use ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
I’ve also included recipes you can make in bulk and freeze, for a quick meal down the road, as well as ones you can use the leftovers to make a different meal the next night. You’ll find some delightful family treats that only take a few minutes, too.
Best of all, these recipes don’t come from a package or the window of a fast-food drive-through, so you know exactly what’s in each dish. You’ll find some old favorites that have been tweaked and made fresh and new again, too.
All the recipes prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money to have meals that are both nutritious and delicious.