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Looking For Inspiration

November 12, 2013 // Parenting

I won’t ever claim to be a domestic goddess in the kitchen. In fact, I openly admit that one of the big reasons I initially fell in love with my husband was that the man could cook. Oh, could he cook! In our first 6 months of dating I gained a good 10 pounds from all of his delicious cooking. If I was hungry, he would cook for me and it was a real love affair. In the early days, I started thinking about all of the perks there was to having a partner who was a good cook. Besides all of the delicious food I got to eat it also meant that I didn’t have to cook.

Then came marriage and babies in the carriage and life moved on, I persevered over the stove top and became a decent home cook. I am not so much of an inspired cook and do it more out of necessity and fulfilling the good enough mom role. It also turns out that children expect some kind of food multiple times every day. Didn’t I make dinner yesterday?

Is it okay if my kids eat sandwiches for dinner? Will you judge me if I told you that at dinnertime they had scrambled eggs or that they had pudding for dessert? I’m not much for advanced meal planning, mostly because I am out of the house random dinnertimes each week with work. My husband still does do some dinnertime cooking and can whip up something delicious and nutritious from the pantry, but the frequency is vastly different than our days before kids. I’m left with about 4-5 days each week that I need to make something for dinner and I am often left with a lack of inspiration. I can make a mean tomato sauce from scratch and homemade meatballs that are amazing, but that only works once a week or so. I need more ideas!

What’s on her face? Dinner! A tasty red pepper tomato sauce along with a bit of chocolate pudding

I’ve been reading your Tweets and your Facebook updates and there’s lots of talk about soups and chilli and delicious warm homemade meals. I need to know, what are you making for dinner?



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Hi! I'm Andrea, a 30 something girl who loves living the downtown lifestyle and didn't want to give it up once I started a family. Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!


  1. Sis I’ve been using!! Great idess…recipes..ways to u
    se leftovers…We’ve had 3 if their recipes yhis week & everybody liked them

  2. I do not enjoying cooking either so I am right there with you. Now that it’s me vs 3 of the pickiest eaters I am at a loss for what and how to cook for mice. I will say this, they do enjoy my homemade BBQ’d hamburgers, using either ground beef or turkey. Pasta with sausage is always a hit too. As long as there are veggies in meal i try not to judge myself. good luck!!

  3. It’s all about the slow cooker! Chilli, stew, pulled pork! Super easy to throw together and keep/store for later.

  4. Andrea, I agree that inspiration is half the battle when it comes to coming up with dinner. I am LOVE LOVE LOVING the website called The Fresh 20. Each week, you get 5 dinner menus, including a grocery shopping list and prep guide. The meals are delicious, healthy and unique. Also the weekly meal plans include seasonal produce. Some weeks I use all 5 meal recipes, some weeks I only need 1 or 2. But it sure helps having somewhere to look for inspiration. You can even pick from Classic, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free menus. I’m telling you, I’m LOVING IT!
    I dare you not to fall in love with the website!
    Love, Heidi

  5. Even though I’m a bit of a keener in the kitchen, I too get bored with dinner making.

    We do a lot of spaghetti bolognese, and I make a huge batch so we eat it for 2 days in a row (husband LOVES it).

    Then there’s homemade pizza – Jamie Oliver dough, half of this recipe does us well:

    Or stew, this beef & guinness is a favourite, as there are no potatoes it freezes okay:

    I make a lot of mashed potato mixed with sweet potato, or with sharp cheddar cheese, or both reg potato and sweet potato with feta and lemon

    We do teriyaki a lot since I learned how easy it is:
    with rice and broccoli.

    Lots of kale since we grow it in the roof garden – fried with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with salt.

    I roast a lot… a whole chicken spatchcocked (butterflied, cut down the middle and flattened, the butcher will do it for you) cooks in 45 minutes, then leftovers in quesadillas, omelettes, etc. Roast beef or pork is easy, then leftovers in sandwiches, chopped and tossed in a frying pan with leftover potatoes for a hash, chopped fine and tossed with gravy, carrots and peas, topped with leftover mash makes pie.

    Also, I’m a big fan of a casserole dish filled with root vegetables, roasting for a bit, then plopping chicken on top (breasts on the bone cut in half, thighs and drumsticks), sprinkled with olive oil and some woody herbs like thyme and rosemary. Makes your house smell amazing.

    Root vegetable like: potato, turnip, carrots, parsnip, sweet potato.

    I’m always on the BBC GoodFood website, this is a good collection of recipes:

  6. I need some help too. I can’t plan as I’m often out In the week and I have to try and be creative with what is in the cupboard. Thanks for all the tips.

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