Ahhh the kitchen. The main gathering point of most functioning households. It's where memories are made, meals are prepped, and, if you're anything like me, hair gets pulled out on the reg because I NEVER KNOW WTF I AM GOING TO COOK!
Cooking is the worst thing in my life. I hate it. I hate recipes, I hate grocery shopping, I hate little hands trying to burn themselves on crappy stove tops (I love the little hands, I hate the stovetop), I hate burning food, I hate doing the dishes after, and I hate that no matter what, without fail, the little tyrants running my house will never like the same meal twice. COOKING SUCKS.
I have spent hours on Pinterest looking for things like "food my picky kid will eat" and "food that looks like boxed mac and cheese, but actually has some nutritious value." Unless it is smothered in cheese or pesto, my kids won't eat it without being bribed. I know parenting books say bribing your kids to eat healthy food with the promise of sugar after is bad, but I don't think the authors ever had to feed their kids.
On top of not knowing WHAT to cook, I don't know HOW to cook in a limited time window. Between the near death escapades of the three year old, the constant self-reassurance the five year old needs, and the main source of food for the infant, WHEN AM I SUPPOSED TO COOK?! Oh, and don't forget the needy little pugs...those mofos can smell food coming from seventy thousand miles away and will try and literally bite the hand that feeds them to get to it.
I love ways that make my life a little easier in the moment. Cooking takes up many moments, and those moments turn into stress moments and stress moments turn into yelling moments and those turn into moments where I feel like a shitty mom for letting something like basic human needs get me to a point of rage. Clearly, I need help in the kitchen.
While I would love to have Blue Apron or one of those meal delivery services every night, I'm not made of money. We live on a modest budget (I sense another post coming on!) and we don't have the excess to pay for other people to bring me meals ready to go. I did, however, have $50 to pay for this amazing web-class called IMPROV COOKING! If you're anything like me and even the thought of preparing a healthy meal for your family starts to give you the cold sweats, head on over to REAL FOOD HOUSE(.com) and check out what Kelly has to offer!
I took an initial IMPROV COOKING webinar over a year ago and it has really streamlined my kitchen. I took a refresher course this past month and we have been planning meals and eating healthier and more consistently. The amount of mac and cheese and quesadillas for dinner has drastically decreased and I'm seeing my kids eat more whole grains.
Here are a few pictures of IMPROV COOKING in action: