Read along as our resident expert Melanie Esqueda , local real estate agent and founder of Discover New Braunfel shares her tips, ideas and passion for helping you discover Confidence in the Kitchen. Where can I find easy healthy recipes that don’t take up too much time or are too complicated? I don’t mind cooking - the meal prepping and cutting and numerous components always trip me, up especially standing in kitchen for a long period of time. Is there a good resource you use for recipes?
You don’t need to purchase costly cookbooks anymore. There’s a recipe for EVERYTHING on
the internet! Believe it or not, I visit Pinterest for a lot of my recipes. On Sundays, I sit down for about 30
minutes and browse the website. I ask my family what they feel like eating that week and search for recipes. Most of the time, they defer to me to decide. I might search “ Healthy chicken recipes ” and see what comes up. Knowing what I have on hand in the fridge, pantry, and freezer, I look for something that looks good. If you add “easy” to your search...ie “easy healthy chicken recipes” you’ll get results that are less complicated. I prefer to cook recipes that include the fewest amount of ingredients.
Since you mentioned that you don’t mind cooking, but the prepping, etc is a challenge...I’ve
found that when I get every element of the recipe prepared before I start to cook, it takes much less time overall, and it’s more likely to turn out AWESOME!
Every week, I take note of what the family likes the most and throw those recipes into the
rotation. (And I boot the recipes that were a pain to make or that didn’t go over well).
I know you didn’t ask this question, but I meal plan on Sundays and while I’m browsing
Pinterest, I’m taking notes and deciding what I’ll serve each day. I take into account our
schedules (game days, work, practice, and evening activities). On the days I know I’ll be
working till dinner time, I plan a simple crock pot meal. If we are going to be active in the
evening, I’ll plan light meals that we can eat before we leave. If we have a basketball game one day, I’ll prepare an extra carb-y meal the day before, such as pasta or baked sweet or white potatoes. The days when I have extra time that I can expect, I’ll make something a little more involved. It may seem like a lot to think about but once you get in the habit, it’ll be easy. I have a chalkboard in the kitchen so everyone knows what to expect for dinner each night.
Sometimes, though, when all the planning in the world doesn’t prepare you for a last minute
appointment, we serve YO-YO aka - You’re On Your Own - and the kids eat whatever they
prepare for themselves.
I love vegetables but I get tired of cooking them same way all the time. Any advice on
some other ways to try preparing them?
I’m so glad you asked about veggies!! I LOVE veggies! When I grocery shop, I shop the
perimeter of the store, and I reach for the produce that is the freshest and in season. My
favorite way to cook veggies is by roasting them. You can roast everything from broccoli to
cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, winter and summer squash, green beans, asparagus, peppers,
onions, okra, eggplant, kale, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, you name it!! Just drizzle it with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper (and sometimes garlic powder), and roast at 400-425 - time depends on the density of the foods. I like to check on them every 10 minutes or so.
Another way we get lots of veggies in is with salads. They can be the leafy green salads, or they can be a bunch of chopped veggies and beans tossed with a vinaigrette (I love Simply Dressed lemon from the produce section at HEB, or I make a simple oil and vinegar or lemon juice dressing myself). Sometimes I take this chopped salad and top a pile of lettuce with it, or serve it on top of quinoa. You can even take some leftover roasted veggies and treat them as if they were raw in your salad for different texture and depth of flavor. __________________________________________________________________________________ Melanie Esqueda and I want Confidence in the Kitchen to be like Dear Abby or Hints from Heloise where y'all ask the questions and we provide answers that help you succeed. We invite you to comment and ask any questions you have for Melanie below or email: email@example.com Melanie and Dane - Episode 1 - Confidence the Kitchen, April 3, 2018