Confession: There is a reason why I do not post many recipes. Recipes are hard for me. Even with teenage boys, I have figured out that not cooking actually works best (clever rationalization). Sometimes I cook (define “cooking”) and mostly I don’t (define not "cooking"). I only post the recipes I have actually made. I made real lasagna the other night, yet, I did not post that one because that would not be considered “healthy” for my website by all viewers opinions and because I do not follow a recipe. I am talking real, traditional lasagna, made with ground beef, canned tomatoes, my seasonings, part skim ricotta cheese, mozzarella and parmesan. You see, for two 14 year old boys and a fabulous husband, this is defined as healthy because 1) They eat a huge salad with it and 2) It keeps one of my sugar craving sons out of the pantry for less healthy choices 3) A small piece of homemade lasagna and a big salad for many of us is a whole lot healthier than other things we might eat!
So what does it look like in my house during a typical week? First of all, there are no typical weeks! My family will tell you that I cook amazing foods one week and then the next week I have no idea what to make. Well, I am embellishing with the “amazing foods” part. I think it is mostly the fact that they see I have food prepared and flowing each night! That is “amazing food”!
I do have food on the table each night. I really do "cook"; and it is as simple and healthy as I can make it. Time is valuable. It seems when I spend too much time trying something wonderful, they do not enjoy it anyway. I wanted to share how I pull off healthy food preparation and eating without “cooking” for my family with my full time work, more work, and community involvement.
Some of these food ideas are for my kids, and some for my husband and me. Think of the opportunity to serve foods with fresh fruits and veggies. It is like taking the “good” with the “bad” even those are not the words I prefer. One time my child said to me “Mom, don’t put your issues on me, and let me enjoy these foods; I am a kid!” They are both lean and mean healthy kids. I lead by example and try not to say too much. I give a friendly reminder sometimes when I say , “Hey, how about something green with that?” and they respond with at least a few bites of veggies. I do eat differently than my children with many more veggies than they could ever imagine eating at this point, yet they do like veggies. I am happy to accommodate them (different meals) and you certainly need to do what is right for you and your family. Most people may disagree with my approach, and that’s OK. I do what works for me and my family. I like salad and I like fish. I cannot expect two 14 year olds to have this most nights. I also like pizza…but you have to choose what goes in your body and how much. We are adults for goodness sake. Lead by example and they will learn. You don’t have to “cook” to eat healthy. What you do need in order to eat healthy are the right foods, in the right portions, ready and available to eat, and a plan of what’s for dinner.
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