This week marked the beginning of my Healthy Cooking Challenge. The idea is simple: Twice a week I will cook an actual dinner that is healthy. For some, this would not be a big deal, but for me, oh-sweet-mary-the-pain. Cooking a healthy dinner is a challenge for me for two reasons: 1) I don't like cooking and 2) I'm terrible at preparing to cook. I consistently forget to defrost, and I always procrastinate on grocery shopping.
I wish I could say that getting healthy was my only reason for completing this challenge, but alas, another motivation is what really got me going: Madison. Since she is starting to eat more table food - practically never eating baby food anymore - I thought learning how to cook healthy dishes would be an appropriate pursuit. I'm pretty sure putting her on mommy and daddy's typical diet is a seriously not good parenting strategy.
On a typical night, I suddenly realize that I am getting hungry around 5:30 and then I scramble around trying to figure out what to eat with nothing defrosted and no vegetables in sight. This usually ends in one of four ways: 1) Some sort of frozen meat/fish with a side dish of frozen french fries; 2) Ordering or making pizza; 3) Ordering Chinese food; or 4) Eating random crap in an attempt to get full while my husband eats whatever left-overs are in the fridge. Bad eating. Bad, bad eating.
When you combine this sort of unhealthy eating with an under-active metabolism and a serious lack of exercise, well, we all know what you get....
As such, the challenge. As with any non-cooker, one of our biggest problems is figuring out what to have, so I am down on my knees, ladies and gents, begging for healthy recipes. Email them to me, snail mail them to me, post them in the comments, heck, you can call me if you'd like (or better yet, stop by my house and show me how to cook the dish).