an intimidating meal- is it just me?

i know marriage entails all the good things in life. and yet i am also curious as to know if any other folks out there (hey ladies) are somewhat stressed and overwhelemed with the thought that they have to cook for dinner every single night.  now that does not imply that kyle does not cook….he has and still does. in fact he made amazing pork chops last week.  however the mere fact is that the thought of coming home from work,  over 2 hours of carpooling for the day and being up since 5am and facing my pantry with no idea what to cook is a bit intimidating for me. 

now some of you may ask, “he ate at your house every day before that so what’s the big deal?”  let me clarify.  i was feeding for two, which meant he really didnt’ have a say in the matter.  he ate what i cooked.  i am also more than happy to continue this mantra. in fact most nights i do.  and yet i also would like to show my off savoury cooking skills- i do own some.  however reciepes that entail marinated for more than 20 minutes, and dinner that takes more than 1 hour to prep, cook and clean is not for me.  we tried this a few times the first week we both went back to work.  let’s just say i did not enjoy being in the kitchen til 8pm. in fact kyle can attest that he did not like me being in the kitchen til 8pm. lol! 

and for the most part, noshing on more greens and veggies or chugging a protein shake and a glass of wine for dinner doesn’t sit well with kyle, i do need to actually cook.  i can’t understand why he wont just take a shake for dinner?  either way, i’d love recipes if you guys have any that are quick, healthy and scrumptous!  and for those that take a bit longer to cook, send them over anyways. i figure, what the heck! that’s what the weekends are for!

ciao!

3 Comments

  1. I know…I’m the last one you probably thought would comment! So I can’t totally relate to you since I’m lucky enough to have a husband that cooks every night for me – BUT I can send good recipes (since I choose the ones Kyle cooks!!)

    We frequently use the following sites:

    http://www.epicurious.com – especially their “quick & easy” section – meals under 30 minutes

    http://www.rachaelray.com/food.php – she has a lot of 15 minutes or less meals

    some of these recipes will make your cooking skills look amazing!!!

  2. I know…I’m the last one you probably thought would comment! So I can’t totally relate to you since I’m lucky enough to have a husband that cooks every night for me – BUT I can send good recipes (since I choose the ones Kyle cooks!!)

    We frequently use the following sites:

    http://www.epicurious.com – especially their “quick & easy” section – meals under 30 minutes

    http://www.rachaelray.com/food.php – she has a lot of 15 minutes or less meals

    some of these recipes will make your cooking skills look amazing!!!

  3. I feel for you, Jackie. Figuring out a system for cooking is a bit daunting and it took me a while to get it down (and I still don’t feel I’ve mastered it).

    One thing I would suggest is NOT cooking every night. I plan for making 3 (4 max) meals every week and we eat leftovers the other nights. I usually make enough to put in sack lunches, too (yet another meal to plan for!).

    Freezer and crock pot meals are great and can be prepared on the weekends. But, I don’t have very many good ones to share 🙁 If you do, let me know!

    Also, I have found that Real Simple mag always comes through for me with meals that require only a few simple ingredients that I have around the house. Also Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. I would be happy to share with you some of my good finds if you like.

    Good luck and good cooking!

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