Cooking dinner for my family on the weeknights is NOT my favorite activity. I never know what to make. I always feel like I recycle the same recipes week after week and nobody likes my food. How did this happen to me? There was a time when I loved making dinner. I was once a big foodie.
I recently went away with my two awesome sisters for the weekend and I shared my lack of enthusiasm in the kitchen with them. Since they are both really good cooks they gave me so many great recipes and ideas. When I got back home I had a new energy and I was ready to try to love cooking dinner again. Somehow when I tried to implement their ideas I still dreaded cooking. What was I doing wrong?
Then finally I had a very important breakthrough. I realized I was making it much more complicated than it had to be. I decided that I would find some delicious raw food recipes that my family and I would simply love and pair them with their meat dishes. I looked for recipes that were simple and full of flavor. I went old school and got some blank index cards and wrote the recipes on the card. If they were too long to write I skipped over them. It made making dinner a pure pleasure again. Somehow writing the recipes down caused me to get excited about food again.
I also realized my sisters loved cooking because they found a way to make simple and delicious recipes that worked for their family. They recited their recipes with so much enthusiasm, they loved food and they loved to cook and it showed. I needed to create that same feeling for myself, and I finally did.
Instead of trying to make two dinners I started to make one dinner that always included raw vegetables plus a cooked dish. Sometimes I ate the cooked dish and sometimes I only ate the raw one. It was nice having the option.
I also realized that I like to chop fruits and vegetables and make beautiful salads, but I don’t like cooking on the stove. I have always been this way even when I was on a primarily cooked diet. I’m glad that making dinner is no longer the huge stress that it once was. It has made my nights so much more enjoyable.