I kind of have a love-hate relationship with cooking. I do like cooking and baking. Really. I do. But the meal-planning, list-making, grocery shopping, and meal-time rush usually make it hard for me to remember that cooking is something that I enjoy doing. I especially like baking, as evidenced by my Christmas cake masterpiece (which took so long to make that I really, really didn’t want to cut into it!):
Home-cooked meals are not a rarity around here at our home. In fact, an important part of our day for all three of us is our time together at the dinner table (whether it is with a home-cooked meal or a Happy Meal). I treasure that time, knowing that in the not-too-distant future, time together for dinner will become more of a rarity, replaced by sports practices and social events.
What I made a few nights ago, oven-roasted, barbecued chicken, bacon-cheddar mashed potatoes, and ratatouille, is not necessarily our favorite home-cooked meal. But it was one on the list for the week and was easy to photograph.
Here are our favorite home-cooked meals…
- Doug likes meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Practically speaking, I think he also likes the meatloaf too because it makes great leftover sandwiches!
- Lisa prefers “comfort food,” so anything cheesy and gooey is great! Homemade macaroni and cheese is pretty awesome, as is her mom’s recipe for tuna buns, wrapped in foil and heated warm in the oven. Ravioli is also great, too!
- Jayden is a chicken fingers and hot dogs kind of kid, and yes, believe it or not, we’ve found ways to work them into more of a homecooked meal than just something right out of the package. I continue to perfect my homemade chicken fingers recipes, which are great made with crushed goldfish crackers! However, his favorite meal that I really work for is shrimp fried rice…his belly opens up and he becomes a bottomless pit!
On a side note, Jayden isn’t quite as picky as most kids are, although he does have his picky moments. However, score 1 point for parents when Jayden saw the ratatouille cooking in the oven and said, “Oh, ratatouille!” He doesn’t like all of the veggies in it (that eggplant is a bit of a stretch, even for me!), but I was pretty proud that he knew what it was and even pronounced it correctly!
So, how about you? What are your favorite home-cooked meals? Is there anything you enjoy making or anything you enjoyed having when you were growing up? Leave a comment on our facebook page and let us know!
Up for next week’s challenge: Favorite board/card game