Note to Self - Keep it Simple While Cooking
I try to prepare a healthy meal from scratch most nights of the week. Sometimes that is no easy task especially when I have to make modifications for my kids. My rule of thumb is that we all eat the same meal every night but I do make a few exceptions; for instance, I do not make my kids eat fish or tofu.
What I have learned this week is that not every part of the meal needs to be elaborate. My example: Last night I decided to make Baked Orange Roughy (I will post the recipe later). So because I was making fish I also had to make something else for the kids – they got baked chicken.
Then I decided we needed some roasted potatoes. I washed and sliced 4 small potatoes into fours, brushed them with a little olive oil, garlic, and some herbs.
Next I decided we needed to try some new vegetables. So I washed and chopped up kale along with carrots, and broccoli. I also cooked some lentils which I was going to arrange the fish on before serving.
It all sounds pretty good right? Well for a normal Tuesday night where the actual eating of the dinner takes less than 15 minutes before we are off to homework and American Idol, it was a lot of work that in turn included a lot of clean up.
So I went back to a rule that an art teacher I had in the 5th grade taught me - Keep it Simple Stupid (KISS). I'm not saying that I am not going to prepare nice healthy meals from scratch anymore. What I am saying is that on most occasions, only one part of the meal should take the extra effort. What I should have done is as follows:
Main course – Baked Fish and Chicken as planned
Sides, boil in bag brown rice and steamed broccoli and carrots.
By the way - no on liked the kale.
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