Cooking For My Family – (Ep. 8)

Cooking for my family has become a priority of mine since I started walking again.  Breaking my leg changed my perspective on how I saw many things (go listen to episode 4 to hear about my leg).  I want to spend as much time with my husband and child as I can and I want to provide that meal time togetherness I had growing up.  


So for the past month, I have been making our dinners and my son’s food each day.  I’ll start with the grownup food first. My son has a bottle at 5pm each day. While my husband feeds him, I start to make our dinner.  I plan our dinner meals before I go grocery shopping and I have tried to become a more efficient shopper so that cooking is not so hard.  


I am not one of those all organic or all from scratch people.  I wish I could be, but I’m not. I try to find meals that take 30 minutes to make and cook during the week and on the weekends make meals from scratch that are larger so we have left overs for the week and can bring that for lunch.  


An example of a week’s dinners would be

  • Monday – Chicken pizza roll ups with a handful of lettuce (salad)
  • Tuesday – Tacos
  • Wednesday – Leftover day
  • Thursday – Chicken with rice and a veggie
  • Friday – Chicken sausage with pasta, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella – click here for recipe
  • Saturday – Whole chicken in crock pot with veggies and apple crisp that I make for dessert
  • Sunday – Homemade Sauce and pasta with garlic bread and a handful of lettuce (salad)


My husband always make fun of me for my “salad” recipe which is lettuce with either cucumbers or cherry tomatoes on it.  I just do not have time to make elaborate salads, but know I should have greens all the time!


On Sundays I also make a puree for my son for the week.  If you want to see how I make spinach click here.


It has taken me time to come up with this shopping and planning, but I do find that I make what I have planned and don’t try to go out to eat as much.  I also am not wasting food, which I used to do.


What is your go-to meal during the week?  I’m still getting the hang of it, but I’m learning how to use my crock-pot more and more.  Listen to episode 8 also to hear more about how Taryn and I provide food for our families with special dietary needs.  


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