So, I made the Coconut Pecan Chicken Strips recipe last night. Instead of broccoli, I made roasted sweet potatoes.
This was delicious. So good. Seriously, I am a 34 y.o. mom of two and I rarely cooked in my SAD life. I made noodle-y casseroles or spaghetti and a few other things, but that was about it.
I also hadn't tried sweet potatoes before. Isn't that silly? I think I tried them as a kid and decided they were gross. I liked them. I also had an aversion to coconut for most of my life (again, as a kid, due to my mom ruining perfectly good cake with sprinkling raw coconut on top and me having it in my head as an adult that it was gross.) It's good! The whole meal tasted very fall-ish. It was like eating chicken wrapped in pie. (I was also not that big of a fan of chicken breasts...so blah...this recipe uses chicken breasts but they actually have some taste.)
On the flip side, it's a lot of work and everyone was standing around whining because it took more prep time than frozen pizza. I will have to get a little faster in the kitchen. Tonight. . .leftovers.
Good for you to cook a healthy meal!
Hand the whiners something to do... chop, stir, wash/dry dishes, even little ones can do something to help. I used to put my 4-year-old to work with a squirt bottle of water and a rag, "washing" the floor!
I've always cooked real food from scratch at least some of the time, so the concept wasn't foreign to me, and transitioning to primal meant omitting a few recipes and just tweaking a few others.
Things that will make it go faster and save you time in the future.
*ALWAYS cook double batches and PLAN for leftovers. Prep & clean once, eat twice (or more. Eat one later that week, and put a 3rd batch in the freezer). Small amounts of leftovers, not enough for a full family meal, make a great breakfast or lunch for mom.
*Use the oven and crock pot more often. LESS watching and stirring required. That cooking time is hands-off and can be used for other tasks away from the kitchen.
*Recycle the successful recipes more often. Limit the number of new recipes you try in a week. Learning from scratch is the most time consuming part of cooking from scratch.
*Avoid looking for ways to make primal version of the SAD convenience foods your family is used to. These convenience foods are *convenient* because making them yourself from scratch is a pain in the butt.
Yup, get the kids involved. Food always tastes better when you had a hand in it
Put them to work! My parents used to tell me "Why y'think we had'ja? To fetch and tote!" I tell my 4yo the same thing and she loves helping out at dinner time and getting the groceries.
invest in a couple of cook books. Make It Paleo, Paleo Comfort Foods, and Everyday Paleo are favorites of mine. Things get easier as you learn your "kitchen rhythm"
I make hubby cook the harder dishes on the weekend. He seems to enjoy it
Yay, well done! Honestly I've always been happy in the kitchen, but since paleo I've found even more joy in it. Learning to use the methods that Sandra talks about above what super helpful, it means I always have tasty food without too much trouble.
Get the kids cooking, let them get their hands dirty and then they will be able to better fend for themselves later in life!
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Thank you all for the encouragement and advice! It's an uphill battle. . .My husband was like, "Yeah, how long is that going to last?" referring to my cooking endeavor. >: |
Last night was just leftovers (still yummy), and tonight it will probably be pan fried venison stew meat with a vegetable, which we've always eaten. I'll try some new stuff again on the weekend.
In other news, I got an email yesterday that a crossfit studio (or "box" I guess) is opening between my office & home. I had wanted to try it for a while, but all the local places were too far. I love it when things come together to support my goals.
I used to be really slow about cooking, but things will pick up as you get used to it. Making sure you have everything you need out and ready before you start chopping anything is helpful. Good luck!