I really hate cooking. Ok so maybe hate is a strong word but honestly I don't like it and most of the time I don't have time for it.
Before Boston was born I remember my mom coming over to our house and looking in our pantry, which before was always pretty bare, and saying something like "What in the world do you guys eat? You know you're going to have to cook for that boy don't you?". She was also pretty shocked to discover that I didn't even have a set of measuring spoons... Yes you read that right. We had been married for 4 years and I hadn't even used a measuring spoon. Yikes. I knew my cooking style was pretty lazy but I guess I hadn't realized how bad it was. (And it's even worse now because of this cute little stinker right here.)
Me: What do you want for dinner?
D: I don't care. What do you want?
Me: Well we've got chicken and veggies, chicken and rice, or pizza.
Poor Dustin. But my argument was that I didn't feel like cooking after a full day of work and he didn't either. So those were the options unless he wanted to make something else (which of course he never did). And so chicken or pizza it was unless we stopped for food on the way home.
But that changed towards the end of my pregnancy when I starting the nesting period. All of the sudden I had a really strong urge to stock up our pantry and our freezer with easy meals I could throw in the oven once we were home. I made a few different meals that I found on Pinterest and honestly that was one of the best things I could have done.
We had a few people offer to bring food over after we returned home from the hospital but I had a pretty bad case of the "Baby Blues" and entertaining people was the last thing I wanted to do. So I turned down most of the offers and grabbed a meal from the freezer instead. Since then I have been such a huge fan of the Freezer Meals. I can normally muster up enough motivation to cook for a few hours once every month or two and we are good for dinners for a while.
My main criteria for choosing meals is they can't have too many ingredients, they can't require a ton of prep, and they need to be pretty low calorie. So here are some of my favorite meals right now...
- Buffalo Cream Cheese Chicken (I used reduced fat cream cheese to make it lower calorie)
- Honey Garlic Chicken (I throw in a package of stir-fry veggie mix before putting it in the freezer)
- Meatballs (can be served in spaghetti, in a sandwich, or with teriyaki and stir-fry veggies)
I'd love some new recipes to try so if you have anything you love and is easy, feel free to post the link in the comments!