25 Jul Summer Meal Challenge
When Josh and I moved into our new home in the summer of 2012 I was excited about the kitchen space – the granite countertops, fun backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. For those who know me, that’s a bit crazy since I’ve never been one to spend much time in the kitchen. Even though I appreciate our nice kitchen, I’m pretty intimidated for some weird reason. I think deep down that I’m not very confident and that I’m afraid my family won’t like my cooking. I realize that I need to get over this!
Prior to having kids I was busy working 9-10 hour days at the hospital and I didn’t put a lot of effort into planning meals. Trust me, I am a huge fan of takeout, especially from our favorite restaurants! While there are times that I wish I could order takeout every night, I realize that this is not realistic, nor is it good for my family. Whether I like it or not, I can no longer use the “I’m too busy at work” excuse!
Honestly, I naively thought that once I became a mom things would suddenly change and that I’d be an awesome meal planner. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for reality to set in. Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom I find that I still struggle with knowing what to make for dinner. I have a couple go-to recipes, but I’m getting bored with them and I’m sure Josh is ready to have some more variety. I have two little ones who are both under the age of 2 ½, so I’m unable to spend unlimited hours in the kitchen. However, I’m not going to let that be an excuse. I realize that meal planning is a weakness of mine and I’m ready to do something about it!
This summer I’ve decided to challenge myself to making two or three new recipes each week. My goal is to find new meal ideas for young families that are both nutritious and quick. I can’t do this alone and I would so appreciate your help with the following:
- Do you have favorite recipes, apps, or websites that you use for your meal planning?
- How do you balance your meal prep time in the kitchen with young children who frequently require your attention?
- Do you have any good tips for grocery shopping for a young family of four?
Any recommendations are much appreciated, as I really want to expand my family’s dinner menu options.
As far as food allergies go, I have an allergy to shellfish that was discovered at a young age. I’ve avoided shellfish my entire life until this past May when I inadvertently ate a crab wonton while on vacation. I’ll just say that the shellfish allergy was correctly diagnosed – I’ll spare you the details! At this time this is the only known food allergy in our family.
I want to take things a step further and at the end of the summer I plan to review the recipes I’ve tried. Hopefully I will be able to share tips or tricks that I’ve learned that will help make family mealtime a great experience for all. Who knows, maybe you will even want to join me in this fun summer challenge!