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.

3 thoughts on “a mom/cook dilemma

  1. Hi Micah–
    A few ideas:
    One-there is a company called 'bountiful baskets'. They deliver all over the states, and my sister has used them. They have organic veggies and fruits for a decent price. (Of course, you may have Trader Joes or Sprouts…) Another place that delivers all over the US organic veggies and fruits (and other products) is Azure Standard. (bountifulbaskets.org) Bountiful baskets gives you a pretty good selection and it's good quality, organic food.

    Potatoes–I bake a whole bunch of them in the oven, and then freeze or put them in the fridge. They make easy hash browns (you grate them and season them), quick mashed potatoes, potato soup, baked potatoes, or fried potatoes with rosemary. They cook up really fast since they've already been cooked in the oven.

    Hummus–oh, we are big fans–you can buy garbanzo beans dry and make them yourself. They also freeze well once they are cooked. You could make a big batch of hummus, and freeze part of it, then take out of the next container a day before you want hummus. I found some great recipes on food.com-including one for hummus. (We make it from scratch all the time.) (You can also freeze beans or refried beans once you've made them from scratch. It saves a lot of money. )Beans can be made in a pressure cooker in about 15 minutes if you've soaked them overnight. We do this all the time to cut down cook time.

    I've also taken to making big batches of soup or chili and then freezing several servings in quart canning jars. Then I take out what I want the night before I'd like to use it.

    Just some ideas…hope they help!

  2. Micah-

    My friend Kate who has a blog makes all of her own baby food. She sometimes blogs about her recipes. Her blog is http://www.mylifeasamom-kate.com. I know she would be welcome to answer any questions that you might have. She is a really great blog friend. We have many mutual friends and actually met once in real life but then re met each other from blogging.

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