My family is difficult to feed.
I know many people have similar problems and there are probably people that find it harder than I, but this is what I have to work with:
Me: I try to avoid gluten
Husband: Eats kosher, most of the time vegetarian and is rarely home in time for dinner
Oldest daughter: Vegetarian
Oldest son: Eats Kosher and always wants meat
Middle son: Only eats chicken nuggets, steak, pizza or pasta – not exaggerating – he gags anytime a vegetable or fruit is within two feet of his personal space
Youngest son: Will try anything, but usually ends up taking only two bites of whatever is in front of him and is therefore hungry again ten minutes after he eats
We’ve been ordering out a lot lately because I’ve just hit my limit with making four different meals every night.
I seem to have found a solution for a couple nights a week. After months of hearing from friends and seeing posts on Facebook about food delivery services, I decided to give Blue Apron a try. So far, I’m loving it.
I’m cooking for me now and adjusting items and supplementing to accommodate needs. The added benefits are my sons have taken an interest and have been cooking with me and I’m gaining a confidence I didn’t have in the kitchen before.
In the last couple weeks, I have seared salmon, made mashed sweet potatoes, learned I can cook with something called a delicata squash and have eaten well balanced healthy meals. All while gaining a sense of pride with what I am presenting to my family.
The cost is more than a meal I would make on my own, but less than one ordered out. The convenience is worth it because they provide everything you need to make the meal so it saves me a trip to the grocery store.
I had lost all joy in cooking, but now I look forward to making a meal for my family.
What’s on the menu tonight?
Pan-Seared Cod with meyer lemon sauce & fall vegetables. Well, I may have to add buttered pasta for the middle son, but now I feel better about it and I’m hoping with his help in the kitchen, he’ll one day be more willing to try something new. 🙂
How do you handle dinnertime?
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