If my kids are learning anything about good cooking, it is from their father, not from me. The Ex, my babies’ daddy, cooks dinner for my kids at my house often once a week. He usually prints fairly elaborate recipes off the internet and brings most all of his ingredients. He brings in fine cuts of meat and simmers, sautés, and spices. If I’m lucky he leaves the rest of the wine he used.
I have decided that I am perfectly fine with losing the good cook battle to him. I acquiesce unreservedly. Maybe one of my kids will grow up and cook delicious meals for me every now and then.
Bad cook was on his list of exit reasons anyway. It’s a title I am planning to keep. I usually announce it early in any relationship. I’d rather exceed expectations than disappoint.
When I cook for the kids, it is usually something like Rice A Roni with peas and pre-cooked chicken. I select delicious frozen foods to heat up. The kids always eat a big helping, often having the leftovers for breakfast or an after school snack. I'm even teaching my son to cook Hamburger Helper for us. What a good boy he is.
Perhaps in a different phase of my life I will find more elaborate cooking worth my while. I do have some good recipes, but with the multiple requests for homework assistance, laundry, clutter, taxi schedule, and three part time jobs, I don’t find the time & effort has a big enough reward. We’re not all home for dinner at the table often anyway, although I do try to have family dinner at the table as often as possible.
What are some of your quick & easy dinners? I prefer recipes that are so simple you don’t have to write them down.