I need help!
Our little family HAS to change our eating habits. We eat at strange times (dinner at 9 p.m., anyone?), we often skip breakfast (especially Dave, since he pretty much skips mornings altogether), and we eat at restaurants, especially fast-food, way too often. It’s just easier and more fun. But that needs to change; not only for financial reasons but for health reasons.
I know it’s a matter of changing our habits. I need to plan meals better, have a regular grocery shopping list and stock our kitchen with the proper ingredients. I have a thousand and one cookbooks, and they all intimidate me. I know HOW to cook, but the recipes in cookbooks always seem to be made up of ingredients that normal people don’t have on hand, or meals that take four hours I don’t have to prep and cook. Plus, I’m not going to run out and buy some random ingredient for a recipe when I’ll never use it for anything else.
Lunch is going to be the hardest meal. It’s way too easy to run across the street from my office and grab something from the Union, and it’s more appealing than eating something I brought from home that’s been sitting in the fridge for four hours. Luckily, I live close to work, so I can run home for lunch and cook something. But I’m also hoping to visit Cooper at daycare during lunch sometimes, so I also need lunches I can make ahead and take along.
So, what I want are ideas from real people. People I know and trust. What are your go-to recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner? I’m looking for meals that are healthy but fast. Point me to your favorite websites, your Pinterest boards or wherever you save recipes on the internet. And if anyone has a fantastic way of planning meals for the week, I’m all ears.