For when your family insists on eating
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I generally look for recipes that take no more than 30 minutes work time. I don’t mind if it needs to cook a little longer, as long as I don’t have to do any work (simmering, crock pot, etc.). I find that a lot of recipes claim to take only 30 minutes, but they require you to have cooked the meat beforehand or chopped things ahead of time. No sir. That’s time I spend in the kitchen, and it goes toward my 30 minutes.
A second principle goes here.
When possible, I try to use fresh vegetables and spices, but I do still use some prepared foods, canned goods, and frozen things. I just put this disclaimer here. I would imagine you can substitute the fresh, healthy stuff pretty easily in most of these recipes—but I’m not skilled enough to tell you more than that. The shortage is mine, and I apologize.
I guess the main thing to understand is that I hate cooking. Hate is a strong word, and I really mean it. I find cooking to be inconvenient, stressful, unpleasant, and often frustrating. However, my family persists in their reliance on food other than cereal. My husband doesn’t mind cooking, but his repertoire is limited (to his credit, he is trying to learn) and his commute from work is literally 5-8 times as long as mine (think, LA traffic). My son is under the age of 5, and I hear that that’s considered a valid reason for not providing oneself with food. So right now, I cook. Reluctantly.
This blog is my attempt to make the process a little more bearable, as well as to find some recipes that don’t completely bury me. Easy. Quick. Affordable. Tasty. How hard can it be?