I never really cooked until my boyfriend and I moved into our first apartment. We realized that we had to get on this before we either starve to death or become obese from eating McDonalds everyday. Although my boyfriend does cook, it isn’t often, and I only cook one day per week! Here’s the catch: I cook on Sundays, but I cook enough for the whole week.
To cook everyday during the week means I would not have as much time for other things. I would rather hang out with my son while he’s awake; once he is asleep, I’m doing random things that I need (or want) to get done.
You have probably come to this realization already, but cooking is not my favorite thing to do. That does not mean that the food I make is nasty–don’t get the wrong idea here! I cook pretty good, if I do say so myself. Sometimes I enjoy cooking, but the keyword here is sometimes.
In the event I don’t cook on Sunday because we went to the beach, or if the food I made doesn’t last until Thursday because we decided to be hogs, or if we just don’t feel like eating what I had made because we want something different, we always have backup. Here are some essential foods we always have in our house for a quick dinner:
- Hotdogs: An all-American food. Pair it with #3 for extra greatness. Don’t forget to dress your dogs (I’m not referring to your Chihuahua, but you can dress her too ). My favorite dog outfit: Mustard only, with picnic sticks on top!
- Chef Boyardee: This man is a genius. I don’t care what the haters say; it tastes so good, and it has a full serving of veggies–I’m a veggie hater, so this is perfect!
- Kraft macaroni and cheese (yes, Kraft and no other): This is excellent alone and is especially superb with #1 or chicken nuggets!
- Frozen pizza and other miscellaneous frozen and/or microwaveable dinners: My must-haves include frozen Chinese stir fry, frozen chicken nuggets, and canned baked beans (makes a great side with #1). My boyfriend really likes to have Chunky canned soups also.
Obviously I am not a health-freak (by far); quite the opposite, actually. I try my best to eat healthy during the week (against my will), and the weekends are a free-for-all (I live for this!).
Right now, it’s just my boyfriend, my baby, and myself. My son is only 7 months old, so he doesn’t eat the food that I cook just yet. As my family grows, I might cook twice a week, or maybe I’ll cook 2 meals on Sunday and freeze one until the middle of the week. Either way, I’m certain about 3 things: 1. I won’t be cooking epic meals every day 2. Delicious backup foods will continue to make their way to the table 3. Tasty dinner will be served each night.