I have had a couple of people ask questions about my blog recently so I figured it was time to do a blog post about my blog. I am a mom. I am probably very much like most of the parents that may read this blog. I am busy volunteering in my son’s school, driving my daughter to dance lessons 3-4 days a week, carting my son and his cello to lessons and orchestra rehearsals and a thousand other things during the week. My partner works for a large corporation and has unpredictable hours most days. So, we eat dinner later than most families – usually around 8:00 pm.
About 4 years ago my family was stuck in a rut. Well, I was stuck in a rut. I didn’t want to cook at all. My family wanted beige food all the time – spaghetti, chicken nuggets, French fries and pizza. I was a child who never ate vegetables. The closest I would come was corn or potatoes (which are not really vegetables). I didn’t want my kids growing up to be the picky eater that I was. Something had to change.
I started a game with my kids on Chinese New Year. I would make a different meal each night and we would take a picture of it and post it, no matter what it was. The first two years were rough and we hit our target about 35-40% percent of the time. But by the third year we hit our groove. We tweaked the game a bit to be having a new meal each weeknight (so we could repeat favorite dishes on weekends and birthdays) and we are now about 90-95% of the time having different meals each night. I am not a chef. Never had any training other than standing next to my mother in the kitchen. But, I have learned so much since we started this game.
I do meal plan for a month. If I don’t meal plan everything falls apart because I am trying to figure out what to make as the kids are complaining they are hungry. I am all about saving time AND money. If I know what our schedule is I can plan to have a slow cooker soup or casserole on days when we will be out of the house most of the day. Or I can plan on making two meals one night when I have a bit more time to have in the refrigerator for the next night or pop in the freezer for another busy day. This keeps me from running through drive thrus on the way home. I cannot tell you the last time we went to a McDonald’s.
Inspirations for dinners come from restaurant menus (I have been known to snap a picture or two of menus), Pinterest, magazines and classic cookbooks. I especially love old-fashioned cookbooks. The older the better!
So, I basically snap quick pictures of the food I make for my family each day. I don’t have a fancy camera, back drops and lighting. This is REAL. Most likely it is my plate you will see. Yes, you will see paper plates too. I am a mom. I am going to tell you when things go bad – they do (too often!) and when they go well. I hope to inspire others to try to leave fast food behind, sit down at the table with their families and connect with each other.
Tomorrow I will answer some of the questions on how I got my kids to become fearless eaters (well, most of the time).