Friday, June 18, 2010

A Chef He is Not. But I Love Him Anyway.

My husband cooks more than I do, but he isn't much of a cook. Does that make sense? More specifically, he makes meals more often than I do but the meals don't require a lot of skill. Baked chicken breast, brown rice, sandwiches and pasta. Occasionally a salad and if he's feeling really adventurous we'll get some microwaved vegetables. This is fine with me. I love cooking, but with three kids three and under, it's difficult to schedule a fancy meal every night. Plus, his cooking is generally very healthy, if a bit under seasoned.

Over the past ten years we have found a system that works well for our family. I suspect it will change as time goes on and the kids get older, but for now we are happy. My husband makes breakfast most days and often either lunch OR dinner. I make the missing meals, but in addition to that, every couple of months I make large batches of our favorite meals (enchiladas, spicy vegetable curry, pulled pork, roasted chicken, grilled pork chops, etc.) and freeze them in individual portions (complete with sides!). The last time I did a major cooking session I was able to freeze over two hundred meals! So, often at least one of the meals my husband "makes" each day is in reality, just a pre-frozen dinner that I cooked and stashed in the freezer.

This makes everyone happy because it means I don't have to coordinate three meals per day (thank goodness!) but we are still able to eat a variety of healthy home cooked meals. Plus, the one time my husband DID try to make something outside of his comfort zone, he nearly burned the house down. What did he do, you ask? Well, he wrapped a potato in paper towels and stuck in in the microwave at max power for twenty minutes. Thank goodness for fire extinguishers. The smell never left that microwave until... well, until we trashed it and got a new one!
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