Learning How to Cook… All Over Again

Jon and I have been watching a lot of cooking shows lately.  We both love food.  We love cooking and we love eating.  It’s been difficult continuing that as we’ve had children.  Our budget didn’t allow for our much increase in the food category once we had children…. And we realize that we have been going over our budget every single month.  We have also notices that the quality of our food has decreased a bit for convenience, simplicity, cost and SPEED.  It’s taken me a while to get a handle on parenting first an infant and a toddler, now a toddler and a preschooler while prepping and cooking a meal. As time has gone by, we have realized that our food isn’t as healthy as it once was.  So our goal now is to increase the nutritional value of the food that we eat without increasing cost or difficulty.

I watch Masterchef Australia and Masterchef US as well as the next Food Network Star.  Plus I read a few food blogs, including A Table for Two by Billy from Masterchef Australia, one of my favourite contestants.  Watching all of these shows gives me TONNES of ides.  The problem is cost (which I mentioned above) and the second problem is the food allergies.  Between the four of us (well, just Amaris and I) we have some hefty food allergies and therefore foods we need to avoid.  The food allergies are
AMARIS:  Wheat, Soy, Dairy, Citrus
ANDREA:  Shellfish, Coffee, Dairy, Blueberries, Casein

There are a few things that can be easily interchanged.  We have been using corn or rice pasta instead of wheat pasta for Amaris.  Amaris eats rice cheese and I eat soy cheese.  Shellfish because of the severity of my allergy isn’t eaten by anyone.

I hate cooking more than one meal.  I don’t think it is necessary to do so.  We also try and eat as little meat as possible.  We generally eat meat 2 or 3 times a week for dinners.  We choose to do this for financial and environmental reasons.

Anyways, I am going to be continually posting our weekly menus as well as asking for some recipe ideas.  If you have any delicious healthy meals that are free of dairy, wheat, soy, citrus, shellfish, coffee, blueberries and casein…. Then send them on over this way!

Monday Dinner
Vegetarian Burritos with Rice, Peppers, Beans, Cheese, Sour Cream, Salsa

Tuesday Dinner
Chicken Devan with Basmati Rice

Wednesday Dinner
BBQ Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Lamb Kebobs with Yellow Zucchini, Peppers, Red Onions and a Tatziki/Raita type dip

Thursday Dinner
Vegetable Naan Pizzas

Friday Dinner
Aloo Gobi with Chickpeas & SAMOSAS (If I can find them)

Saturday Dinner
Black Bean Burgers and Greek Salad
Sunday Dinner
LEFT OVERS

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