I too can't imagine not cooking. For us, a meal out is a luxury and a rare treat and I can't imagine being in a position to be able to do it three times a day, seven days a week! Between the cost of the food, delivery and a tip..Wow, I can't even begin to imagine how much you must be spending on food. Does not knowing the nutritional content of your meals not bother you?
I think food is a very important part of family life. I love providing my daughter with nourishing, home made meals made with love and I get great satisfaction in seeing her eat my meals.
Some of my fondest childhood memories involved baking with mom, or waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of a chicken roasting in the oven for dinner.
Anyway, I definitely think you should cook for Antoine.
If you plan on cooking solely for Antoine and continuing eating out for yourself and your DH, it should be pretty easy.
Breakfast is simple. Porridge/Oatmeal is easy to prepare and highly nutritious. A muesli cereal is another option, or maybe some wholegrain bread with a low fat spread. Some fruit or maybe a slice of ham/cheese to accompany and your done.
Lunch could be scrambled egg on wholegrain toast, baked beans in tomato sauce, or a homemade vegetable soup, if you were feeling brave. Again, these are all pretty much convenience foods that require little/no skill to prepare.
Pasta is a good option for dinner. Amelie used to love it accompanied with a homemade tomato sauce, packed with an assortment of veggies and some shredded chicken. Pasta is so quick and easy to prepare and if making a sauce isn't your thing, there are plenty of ready made jars on the market that would be great.
Snacks would be cheese slices/cubes, cucumber, peppers, yoghurt, or maybe a slice of bread.
Good luck with the cooking!
Wow, I can't believe you don't cook at all! Seriously, I can't believe you order in for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I mean, I know you're obviously a very busy person, but still, that's pretty amazing! Well, anyway, others have given you some great suggestions. I'll reiterate the joys of a crockpot (slow cooker). Chuck in some meat and veggies and it's done. There's plenty of websites you should be able to find some meal ideas on. I use www.taste.com.au a lot and also a few vegetarian sites like www.veggienumnum.com (but you're probably not into vego). Good luck with your future cooking adventures!
Haha, Blade, you don't cook! I am not very shocked... but with a kid I see the need. I'm an excellent cook so I appreciate the difference between your logical surgeon brain and the completely sense and intuition driven art of cooking. I have about a hundred cook books, so I'm happy to give you some titles... what kind of cuisines do you enjoy? I think Jamie Oliver's books are wonderful, and he has one with 30 minutes meals, and one with 15 minute ones, as well as other great ones (my favourite is his Dinner cookbook). I also enjoy Nigella Lawson (she has a book called Express and one called Kitchen, both great), Nigel Slater (he's got express books as well, he's very intelligent and writes really well. The food is delicious and the pictures are heaven). And River Cottage (great organic farm/restaurant in England), hey, they've got a kiddy book (Link)! It has to be great, and his food is always very simple. I love Tessa Kiros, she has a book called Apples for Jam that focuses on kid friendly recipes. And I think Sophie Dahl's two cook bookss are brilliant and simple (seasonal British). Annabel Carmel has a great baby & toddler book, but that one's mainly focused on weaning.
Good luck, and if you want more titles (or simply recipes) I'm happy to help!
I hear ya sista, I hate cooking. When I'm hungry I don't want to have to wait all the time it takes to cook something, plus it's not fun. If I'm hungry I want to be able to eat something healthy without having to wait to cook it plus all the time and energy put into it. It's such a long process to find a recipe, get the ingredients, then meticulously follow instructions to put it all together. I have better things to do. Hence, warming stuff up is the closest to "cooking" I get most days. Unless DH has a recipe he wants to try and I will cook it, I'm actually a pretty good cook, I just don't enjoy it at all. I'm jealous, sounds like you probably get some delicious food delivered with those restaurants all around you. If i could, I probably would too. DH cooks for us most of the time if we need to, but I usually just make salads since no cooking is involved, or I throw a potato (regular or sweet potato) in the oven for an hour at 350 which is so easy. I'll wait an hour if it means I don't have to do anything else but throw a potato in the oven, lol!
I also love getting cottage cheese and covering it with cinnamon, its also amazing if you add some red grapes! Peaches and pears are really good with cottage cheese too.
Oatmeal is really good for you and pretty easy, just bring a cup of water to a boil then throw in half a cup of oatmeal an let simmer for a couple mins while you stir so it doesn't stick. Then throw in some honey and cinnamon with raisins and either almond shavings or walnut pieces if you like and that's pretty tasty. No recipe needed.
Carrot Sticks, grape tomatoes, or broccoli with Paul Newman Ranch is good.
I get frozen veggies, throw some in a bowl and microwave them for a minute or two, while stopping and stirring once or twice to evenly cook it. Real simple and still healthy. I don't actually have a set time I put the microwave on, I just put in a number under a min and keep testing it til its ready. Very easy.
Something else I love that is healthy and doesn't require cooking is guacamole! Cut the avocado in half vertically while rotating around the pit, it'll pop open if you pull apart (make sure the avocado is not hard, might have to let it sit out for a day or two before using). Then use a spoon to scrape the avocado apart from the rind and smash it with a fork over and over in a bowl. Then cut up(dice) a tomato into small pieces and put in the guac and add salt to the amount you like it and voila! You probably wouldn't want to give Antoine the tortilla chips to eat it with, but it's just as tasty without them.
Try to buy as much organic as possible. I also avoid canned food as much as possible since there is BPA in the lining of the can. Hope some of these ideas helped.
Wow... I wasn't I find it hard that a person who is an adult has not ever had to cook for anyone.... And yet has time to become a surgeon....
Betty Crocker is good... Start small
For a toddler I would recommend an omelette pan. Omelettes are easy to make and healthy. Plus you can add what ever toppings he likes. Some toppings you can keep frozen- eg corn kernals, grated cheese or buy in tins so they don't lose freshness- eg small tin mushrooms or even toddler food in a jar as a filling- eg beef pasta. You could vary the need for ingredients to be on hand as you might be able to add milder bought food as the filling (eg stir fry Chinese veg or shredded chicken- things suited to a toddler.) Just beware the fillings are hot- so make sure you let it cool enough. Other filling ideas: tomato diced, ham/deli meat cut up, grated carrot.
Boiled small pasta can also have the same things stirred into it- a super quick option is to add some frozen small pre mixed veg (eg carrot cubes, peas and corn) in the last 5 minutes- drain the lot then add some grated cheese. Instant veggie pasta! Alternatively, a tin of baby/toddler veggie based food could make a sauce to mix onto pasta- eg a pumpkin puree or a turkey and veg meal.
Even easier than pasta- 2 minute noodles (don't use the flavour sachet as they're too salty) with toppings of choice added and some cheese. eg Microwave some frozen veg to add- the packet will tell you how long to cook it for. Or dice some ham and cube some tomatoes.
A small tin of baked beans poured into a bowl and reheated in the microwave are nutritious and easy served with toast.
While you are learning buy some jars of pasta sauce for pasta- add a little and freeze the rest in icecube trays ready for next time. Choose low sodium options- tomato based and sometimes a creamy style for variety.
Cooking can be fun if you involve your little man.
Remember raw food is OK too- think finger foods- carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber cubes, cheese, sultanas, dried apricots, a few crackers, sliced fruit- eg strawberry, apple or melon- follow up with yoghurt for the protien.
A bought roast chicken pulled apart and diced- freeze leftovers for another meal in portions. Add as a filling or serve with a finger food meal.
A bowl of instant oats is very filling and healthy.
Hope these ideas help- I tried to think of things that were healthy, quick and easy for a new cook.
Are you interested in making your own baby food? Not a ton of actual cooking required and I always really enjoyed doing it and being able to give my son a greater variety than what was offered in the jars at the grocery store. If you can manage to steam some veggies and either cut them up really small (a la Baby Led Weaning) or use a food processor, you are good to go! My son loved everything from pureed avocado with plain yogurt to your basic mashed banana. It might be a good introduction to cooking for him!
Yeah, the current arrangement is pretty fantastic. Our building is close to the studios so it's a pied-a-terre for many entertainment people who have primary residences elsewhere. It has agreements with multiple local restaurants such that the concierge actually phones them, picks up the food and brings it to your apartment. And best of all, unlike traditional delivery it is actually cheaper than dining in (10% discount, no tips allowed). There is a large variety of world cuisines with amazing fresh ingredients. If I tried to replicate these meals it would be a) several hours and b) more money. I can be driving home, phone the concierge from the freeway, ask him to order such-n-such, come home and play with Antoine rather than kicking him out of the kitchen constantly, and then doorbell! Other people might choose to spend their money differently, of course. It's not that I don't know how to cook, it's more that I loathe and despise it and haven't done so for ten years.
So while he is in this hybrid stage, for the next 6-8 months or so that he eats solid foods but isn't quite ready for a full adult meal, I think I need to prepare him something in the evenings. His daycare actually has an in-house organic chef with very good menus, and breakfast is currently an organic whole grain blueberry waffle and/or scrambled eggs (which I do make). So I was hoping to get recommendations on a cookbook for young children with 100-200 recipes (there are many on amazon, just curious if people have had success with one or the other).
Thank you all for the tips--omelettes was a great idea; I never thought of them. @rge: we have an 'Antoine cabinet' as well with his foods. Since the refrigerator is completely empty, he has all of that to himself (his fresh fruits, his milk, applesauce, etc). He can't eat bagels or similarly hard things yet, but has enjoyed hummus, baba ghanoush, guacamole and various yogurts.
@bluesparrow I started making scrambled eggs at age seven. Your job sounds horrible, I'm sorry.
@emms thanks for the recs. You're right, I want toddle mush. In high school I decided to make everything from Joy of Cooking and made it through about two recipes once I realized we were talking about hours and hours of prep time.
@pinkballerina yes, we are doing oatmeal usually once daily and pasta thus far has been very successful.
@ottilie thank you for chiming in! The River Farm kids book and the Tessa Kiros one sound like want I'm looking for. Will check them out.
@amandaberry thanks for the solidarity. He's not able to eat tough things like carrot sticks yet, but I'm sure he will be soon. And he loves guacamole, which admittedly I don't make.
@bluesparrow again: the two halves of your statement should explain each other. Does it help to basically think of me as a man?
@emiliaj thanks again for the omelettes tip, I think that should go over well.
Flick, the thing is he's moved beyond purées now. I'm trying to find him 'bridge' foods between straight-up baby food and more adult fare.
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Ah, ok, I wasn't sure how old he was. On the up side, that's a really fun age to feed! Lot's of experimentation and finding ways to get a wide variety of flavors into his palate. The one thing I made sure to do was to read up on and talk to his pediatrician about what babies his age can and cannot eat - I'm sure you probably already know these things, I was clueless - I just kept that in mind and then threw out all the notions people had about what you should feed babies (or little people). By age one, Caleb was basically eating what I would eat as long as it wasn't dangerous for him and it wasn't extra spicy (he would actually eat spicy food, but the poo it produced was NOT fun). I just kind of chopped it / cut it small enough for him to handle and let him go - I haven't really made any child specific meals since he was eating everything in puree form, though, he just eats along with what we are having. (except lunch, lunch is a small portion of what we eat plus milk / juice, a cheese stick / cube of cheese and yogurt and / or fruit).
Something fun and very easy to cook, as other people have mentioned, is pasta.Babies his age LOVE eating / playing with (lol) pasta and there are endless possibilities with flavor and things you can add in. We usually use a whole grain pasta, which aside from being better for you - is way harder to overcook than regular pasta, so it might be good for starting out.(not sure if you CAN cook and just don't or you have only very basic abilities)