I've decided that in order to be successful and not overwhelm myself on this adventure I'll focus on one meal a week. By the time I find a recipe, grocery shop, prep, and pull it off, one fully cooked meal from me a week is a good place to start.
So, this week I decided to start simple. I bought Barilla Veggie Pasta because it was recommended to me by a friend. It's great because the pasta itself is loaded with veggies so my kids are getting their veggie servings without even noticing it (although they aren't adverse to eating vegetables). I cooked the pasta according to the directions on the box. And then I busted out a jar of Prego pasta sauce and warmed it up. Put the two together and BAM! Pasta dinner.
I know, I know. Not every earth shattering. I told you, for my first go around I decided to keep it pretty simple. BUT, I'm not quite finished. I of course needed to offer my kids a side dish with their pasta, so I decided this was my moment to really try and cook something. So I pulled out some mushrooms, asparagus, and white onion. My kids are huge fans of mushrooms and I love asparagus, so I picked these up at the grocery store with the intent of figuring out how to prepare them. Naturally I turned to Google and searched "how to saute mushrooms and asparagus." I came up with a recipe that called for the ingredients I had to work with, and I did it! I sauteed mushrooms, asparagus and onions and it was delicious! My kids of course ate all the mushrooms first and then tackled the asparagus. They didn't go for the onions. Overall, the meal got two thumbs up!
I should note that the moment I started cooking my daughter jumped in to be my assistant "maker" as she calls it. I think the photos will serve as sufficient evidence of how we did as a cooking team our first time around.
One meal down, eighteen years worth left to go! Next up, I'm going to step away from the box and jar ingredients and challenge myself to cook with primarily fresh ingredients. Now that I've started this process, my kids are excited and totally on board to be my taste testers!