In my defense, I’m not the best cook. When I find a new recipe, I usually follow the directions to a “T.” Then if the meal is something that garners a second chance in our home, I’ll adapt it with other spices and items that I think will enhance the taste (did I mention I’m a terrible cook??? Darn distractions.). Unfortunately, most of the meals in this new cookbook were beyond bland. Even I had a tough time faking any enjoyment in eating. But until I’ve had a chance to taste the original version, I don’t have the imagination or skill required to know when something just isn’t going to work.
One of the tricks we’ve found to help cut some of the calories and fat while still utilizing this resource is to know ahead of time what we want to eat and exactly how many calories are in each item. I now have a printed nutrition list for each of the fast food places we use tucked inside my purse. We also grab a bottle of water from home and opt out of the sugary drinks. Not only has this cut back on the calories, but we are saving quite a bit of money, too. When water just doesn’t cut it, we use those little flavor packets or the new MIO flavorings to give us that little extra we’re craving.
Still, every once in a while The Kid gets an inkling to try his hand at the stove. Unlike his mother, he’s much braver and willing to try making a meal with items he happens to be craving. Most even turn out well (see photo of his baked Macaroni and Cheese – only a tad bit too much butter but still incredibly yummy). Hey, I even get a few days off from cooking. Win, win. What more could I ask for. 🙂