Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cooking... my way

Cooking... that is the topic this week.

When I go to the grocery store I am always amazed at how much processed food people buy, frozen meals, convenience foods, etc.  But, that doesn't even tip the iceberg.  Hannah reported to me that our family is weird because we only eat out 1 or 2 times a month.  Most of the kids in her class eat out 1 or 2 times a week. 

Wow is all I have to say.   We never eat out because it is expensive and for the most part not that good for you.  We eat home cooked meals.  I will admit that since I have started cooking for kids, the complexity of our recipes has diminished significantly.  No more fancy foods, just a simple protein, veggie and salad.  I try and make enough for me to have some for lunch.  That is harder than you might think.  It is inexpensive, healthy and gets the job done.

When we moved here and I was showing the estimator from the moving company around our old house, he opened my pantry and said, "you cook don't you?"  I was curious how he could tell.  He said it was because I had ingredients in my pantry and not pre-made food.

I don't always like to cook dinner, but it is healthier, cheaper and tastier than the alternatives.  Looking for some quick recipes?

Better than your Momma's brisket

1 can cola (not the diet kind)
1 packet onion soup mix
2 packs of mushrooms (pre-sliced if you are pressed for time)
1 brisket

Put everything in the crock pot for the day and enjoy!  I like to serve with potatoes, either mashed or roasted.  Don't scoff at the odd ingredients... it is better than your Momma's!

Fish Tacos

6 4oz Talapia filets dipped in breading mixture (below) and cooked in oil in a frying pan.  Use enough oil to lightly coat the pan.  We aren't fryin' chickens here.
sweet peppers sliced thin
corn tortillas

layer all the of the above in the tortillas and enjoy!

breading mix:

2T flour
1T chili powder
1/2T onion powder
1/2T oregano
1/2T cumin
1/4T pepper
1/4T cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)

My kids love this.  Talapia is very mild and not fishy.  This is a good starter fish for kids to try!

Just a few ideas.. if you have any questions about them, let me know. 

Want to see how the other ladies cook it up?  Check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl


1 comment:

  1. Yay for cooking the way it should be done. :) And we've done that brisket recipe before without the mushrooms. I should send you my husband's recipe sometime. :)