I am not a cook. I don't mind cooking, I just haven't ever really had time or creativity to make it work. However with a growing family (and therefore shrinking budget), I'm always looking for new and creative ways to put a meal on the table. I work part-time, have two little boys, and I'm pregnant. Therefore, even though I have an incredible hubby who is awesome about helping around the house, we do not have a lot of time or energy for huge menus. We are not healthy nuts (as evidenced by the large supply of girl scout cookies currently in our freezer), but we try to eat a balanced diet. Anyone else out there that can relate to all of that?
I thought it would be good to put together a list of resources. I'm slowly gathering them as I go on this quest for menu help. Here are a couple of my current go-to's.
I love the Cooking for Slackers blog. It is a fairly recent discovery for me, but you must try it. I love that she puts up two week menus so you get some ideas and her menus always have a pretty broad range of selections. The meals are all fairly family friendly (but not always diet friendly). I also love that she provides recipes for each item. The recipes are categorized in the sidebar so they are easy to find. Best part, she usually has a review about whether her kids liked the dish or not. Last night we tried this baked ziti recipe and it was absolutely delicious (and nearly as good today for leftovers at lunch).
A couple of other great resources for quick and easy meals:
Ask Tara at "My Life". She sometimes puts recipes on her blog, but if you know her you should just talk to her. She is great about coming up with easy and kid-friendly recipes to pass along. Check out her recent update on croissant pizzas. YUM! She's also good at menu planning in advance.
Her sister also has a recipe blog "In the Mood for Food." I haven't tried any recipes from it yet, but I can certainly get on board with the title...and everything looks yummy.
Anyone else have any good suggestions? Provide me some links and I'll make a list to share. The links should have recipes that are EASY and require less than 1 hour to prepare, do not require any ingredients I can't pronounce or can't be found at my local grocery store, and should be kid friendly.
Thanks for the help!