So this is a post that’s different from my norm, and I need to figure out how to do categories on my blog. But that’s for another day . . .
Biggest challenge since having a second child has been cooking. I love to cook; it’s my unwind/relaxation time. However, when living with a hyper two year old and an into everything 6 month old, cooking has become a tad bit chaotic. I’ve had more disaster meals since having Ezzy than I care to talk about. 🙂 And now, Ez is ready for more than just the 1x per day rice cereal and 1st food and bottles. So add a 3rd member to the I’m a male who needs to eat, eat, eat, all the time, eat list. I told Mark that the boys are going to have to get jobs to pay for how much they eat. I’m having to stretch our grocery money in ways that are now a bit beyond me.
Anyway, so here are my thoughts, and if any of you all have further thoughts that I haven’t thought of, please share:
1.) I do my best to keep our household healthy. So processed foods, highly pesticide treated foods, and hormone pumped foods are very much limited. However, they’re also quite costly. My biggest dilemma is how to give Ryder (who still only has 12 teeth) healthy snacks beyond fruit. He’s a fruit eating machine . . . and I’m trying to limit it. He doesn’t do well with carrots, due to the teeth, doesn’t like raw veg unless it’s dipped in something. So hummus has become our something, but I need to start making it myself. Any good hummus recipe recommendations?
2.) Mark needs to limit both his tomato intake and bad cholesterol foods while upping his good cholesterol foods (gives me a headache to even think about). He eats homemade granola with milled flax seed and wheat germ every morning, but like his sons, he tends to want to eat more than I can keep up with. I’m already a label reader when I shop, but I never considered cholesterol. It’s been surprising to see which foods have it and which don’t. So we’re looking for good snacks for him as well . . . more than just pricey nuts.
3.) Mark and I both miss the foods I cooked in England, as well as British staples – Indian, Indian, Indian. However, Indian food can go really badly if not made well. I’m needing to find a good spice shop or Indian grocer. But this is not high on my priority list, more like high on my when I have a free afternoon list, which will happen like maybe next year. 🙂 One staple though that I have gone back to as it’s so easy and healthy – roasting chicken pieces with a selection of seasoned veg and olive oil for 30 minutes. Easiest dinner ever, and everyone likes it. Even Ezzy can eat the veg once it’s mashed.
4.) Homemade baby food . . . tiring. I have made a lot more baby food at home with Ezzy than I ever did with Ryder. (I was working more with Ryde.) But I’m clueless as how to now incorporate protein into his diet. And all the organic, homemade food blogs wear me out. I need just a normal person’s take on homemade baby food, which I could really think of myself if I just sat down to do it. Like cook my own beans, stick them in the blender, then mix with squash, sweet potato, etc. I just need to do it.
5.) The ideal cookbook for me would be one that incorporated everything from above. Mark tells me I should design the cookbook myself. Maybe when I’m 60, my kids are out on their own, and I have some free time??
So long story short . . . as far as I’ve come from the single life of eating eggs, black beans, avocado, salsa, and tortillas every night for dinner, I still feel like I have a lot further to go.