I want to feed my family good, healthy* food but I don't want to:
1. Dice anything for hours.
2. Drive across town to obscure gourmet markets.
3. Read cookbooks instead of good books.
4. Spend time and money making something no one likes.
5. Be in kitchen during the witching hours of parenting (3-6 p.m.).
Here's how I do it:
1. A weekly menu is filled out right before my weekly grocery shop, and posted on the fridge. I sometimes switch around days, and consider who has what when.
2. I keep a sheet of paper on my cupboard door for my grocery list. I can jot down anything and everything we need that comes up during the week, and that way I don't have to make another trip.
3. When I'm making my weekly menu, I tear down my grocery list and write down what I need for the recipes I will be making. I shop at just one store and have memorized where everything is, so I write it down according to that...which make me able to high-tail it through the store.
4. I use AllRecipes for something new once or twice a week. I only own a couple of cookbooks.
5. We use a majority rules method, and if it's not a hit, I throw the recipe away. It's not worth it to me to have hungry kids an hour after dinner.
6. I try to prepare the entire dinner meal in the morning, when I have the most energy and it's relatively quiet. I will stick it in the fridge to heat up later.
1. Lots of fruits and salads.
2. Very little frozen, processed foods, only as an emergency back-up.
3. No bad boy juice. (one night a week)
4. No fast food.
5. I do allow sweets (only because I myself cannot resist) but try to make most of the cookies, etc. myself which helps avoid the chemicals and HFCS.