In the last few weeks while talking with mommas about the juggling act that is motherhood, inevitably some of the talk is about the stress involved in cooking, especially when lots of people really don’t enjoy cooking. There’s nothing like uncertainty about your skill level to take the fun out of something. But when it comes to cooking, just being familiar with various cooking tasks will lead to much greater enjoyment of your time in the kitchen. My friend Daniel Koontz wrote on his blog this week that he thinks a big key to comfort in the kitchen is having half a dozen or so recipes that you’ve cooked often enough that you can just about produce them on auto-pilot. I completely agree with his theory. Not everyone will end up absolutely adoring their time in the kitchen, but just moving from dread to comfort is a huge improvement.
When you’re deciding on recipes that you’d like to get good at, here are some tips for picking ones that worth your time:
- The recipe should be one that all or most of your family enjoys.
- It should feature affordable, easy-to-find ingredients.
- It should take 30 minutes or less to complete.
Here are some of the recipes I’ve made so many times that I could probably do them while sleep-walking:
- Best Mac and Cheese Ever
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Hearty Meatloaf
- Beef Stroganoff
- Spaghetti Frittata
- Thai Beef Chard Wraps
- Veggie Ramen Stirfry
How about you? What are some of your favorite quick meals?