It’s true. I joke about what a terrible cook I am. Often. But this morning, Big and I had a discussion that, I have to admit, stung a bit.
He was watching a couple minutes of the Food Network, his new favorite. Sanda’s Money Saving Meals is what happens to be on almost every morning when he goes in and turns on the TV (a new skill I’m not so excited about). When I joined him on the couch, he told me what she was making…which totally escapes me at this point.
Then came the zinger. “She cooks a lot of different things. Her kids must really love that.”
Ok, so it wasn’t that bad. In fact, I’m guessing I wouldn’t have thought twice about it if my kids hadn’t spent the past 5 weeks praising the lovely (and greatly appreciated) home-cooked meals others have brought us. I have a feeling after being so well fed recently, they may even be a little disappointed when I’m finally sprung from bed rest.
“Linda really knows how to cook chicken.”
-Big, translation: Get over your phobia of dealing with the good stuff raw, would ya?
“Mmm, this is a good dinner!”
-Little, translation: I might actually eat if you cooked this well!
“Wow. Do you think they always have this many things at their house for dinner?”
-Big, translation: Would it really hurt you to throw together a side dish or two?
How’s a mom who has very little skill (and even less interest) in cooking supposed to please her 5-year-old foodie? I almost turned to Facebook in desperation. (Because that’s the totally normal thing to do, right?) Then I figured I’m probably not the only one who could use some simple ideas. I get the Recipe Exchange email at least once a month…and never have anything to add.
So here’s my plea. Please, please share your family favorites that don’t come from a box or the freezer section. Requirement: They have to be simple enough to write in the comment section. That means not too many ingredients or steps. Oh, and pretend you’re talking to a 5-year old (because, let’s face it, you kind of are).
Bonus points for an eggplant recipe. (Yes, Big saw some other show with eggplant and now he keeps talking about wanting to try it.)
If I can think of anything I make that my family likes, I’ll add it to the discussion. Ready, set, share!
(Big thanks you in advance!)