Many years ago, when I was young and bright eyed (and pregnant), I took a cooking class. I had plenty of time and believed that making delicious and healthful meals for my family was both an enjoyable and noble pursuit. Here I am, 10 years and 2 kids later, with a meal rotation of, say, 8 or so dinners that I serve over and over again.
At that cooking class, the ingredients were all mise en place, which I am told is a fancy word for things that are pre chopped, pre measured mise en placeand organized in neat little bowls that don’t make a mess while you are cooking. In my kitchen, even the simplest recipe ends with bowls and utensils and cutting boards all over the place. The meal doesn’t seem nearly as tasty or worth it when I factor in clean-up time.
I guess that’s why there are no Food Network shows called “Top Chef Cleans Up” or “30-Minute Meals Followed by 60 Minutes of Dishwashing.” Makes you want to throw in the towel. Literally.
I have read articles that proclaim the joys of re-purposing one dinner into many new and different meals. I am suspicious that this concept may be just a magazine conspiracy — the same people who can “cook for a day and eat for a week” are likely those same people who can pack for a whole weekend using “four easy separates” that can be mixed and matched.
I know many of you out there have figured out the weekly meal planning in clever and healthy ways. Those of you who have mastered the art, please share your secret! The rest of us will thank you!
Check out these featured cooking questions:
- When you bbq, who normally does the grilling?
- How much autonomy do you give your 7+ aged children in fixing/cooking their own meals.
- Do you cook separate meals for your children and adults when you’re cooking at home?
- Have you ever attended formal cooking classes (anything from fun couples classes to Cordon Bleu)?
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Read on to see Jill Shepherd’s thoughts:
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