I’ve been cooking a lot more lately since Emmie has started eating solid foods. She pretty much eats what we eat except it’s cut up into tiny pieces and she uses her hands exclusively. Lately she has accepted the occasional spoon but for the most part she wants to do it herself. Because of all this cooking, I’ve been trying to figure what is healthy. This is not as easy as I thought it would be. It’s also compounded by the fact that I am feeding a baby who needs extra calories and a husband who is trying to lose weight. Add to that the fact that I want to cook from scratch and use as many organics as I can and it’s no wonder my head hurts. I’ve made a very delicious pasta cheese bake and a chicken pot pie but I’m not sure if they’re really all that healthy and they’re definitely not low fat. They were completely from scratch (except the pasta) and mostly organic, though, which I’m pretty proud of.
I actually like cooking but I hate to meal plan so I just end up making the same easy things over and over again. Breakfast is eggs or pancakes with fruit and cheese, lunch is shells and cheese and mixed veggies, dinner is chicken and potatoes and mixed veggies. I like these things but there isn’t much going on with them and I’m still not convinced they’re the best for us. I don’t like to commit to one particular food philosophy because they all seem to be missing something important. I thought about getting a subscription to one of those services that plans the meals for me but I’m not sure I would actually follow it, especially since Emmie only eats at home 4 days a week (she falls asleep on the trip home from daycare on the other 3 days). I’ve asked Olinga to make a meal plan but I’m not sure that will ever happen, either.
I do have 2 things that I have made work and love: breakfast burritos and homemade broth. Both came from the Simple Dollar. Whenever I make scrambled eggs for a meal, I make a few extra and afterwards I put them together with salami and cheese in tortillas and put them in the freezer. In the morning, I grab one and by the time I get to work it’s mostly thawed. I just heat it up in the microwave for 1.5 minutes wrapped in a paper towel (turning it over halfway through). I would like to make them more healthy by adding beans or tomatoes but haven’t yet.
For the homemade broth, I just save all the ends and extras that I have when I chop up veggies (or have to throw away old ones) or chicken and put them in a gallon ziplock in the freezer. When the bag is full, I empty it into the crockpot and fill it with enough water to cover. After several hours, I have broth. I just strain out the spent scraps. I usually freeze some and put some in the fridge. I like doing it this way because I never use an entire container of broth and the organic is so expensive.
I don’t have any conclusions. I just want to give Emmie a good start in eating while maintaining my own weight and enjoying myself in the process.