I Need to Learn to Cook

I know what you’re thinking. “Katie, you cook all the time, girl.”

Yes. However, I still don’t have a whole lot in my repertoire. I suppose it would be more accurate to say that I need recipes.

I can cook for myself all day long. I can actually cook for most people, but my husband is a super-taster with the palate of a toddler. He likes meat, frozen pizzas, candy, and lots of processed food. I want to cook healthier for him, but if I sneak in anything (I’ve even tried dehydrating and blending up veggies into a powder to go in food), he knows and doesn’t appreciate it.

I think I’ve found my solution, however: copycat recipes. My pizza recipe is a copycat (insert pizza chain name) recipe, and the hubby loves it. But that’s just one recipe.

I was heavily considering getting a meal kit subscription, even though the idea makes me want to gag. That’s so much money and waste to be able to cook with ingredients I could buy cheaper on my own.

However, I think I found the solution. On one of the major meal kit sites, they list out their recipes (https://www.hellofresh.com/recipes/search/?order=-favorites). I can look up recipes and cook them on my own.

I know that’s kind of obvious for a frugal solution, but I don’t think you understand just how picky my husband is. I’ve made “picky-eater approved” recipes in the past, and he won’t eat them. Then all the food I made goes to waste.

I will say, I’ve gotten past the hardest part with the husband. He’ll at least try everything I make, which is difficult with kids. Now I just need to find some easy recipes that he really likes.

Once I find a Jake-approved recipe, I can put that in a weekly meal-plan. I don’t know about you, but as soon as I sit down to make a meal-plan, everything I know I can cook flies right out of my head. With recipes in-hand, I’ll finally be able to accomplish this frugal, Herculean task.


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