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Old 02-09-2013, 06:27 AM   #1
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Grocery shopping time!

I hate trying to figure out the grocery list. My part was easy, down the meat and cheese aisle! It's the rest of the house that I never seem to figure out.

Throwing something in the crock pot is out, unless it takes 12 hours, that's how long no one is home and the crock pot doesn't have a start timer on it. And by the time I get home, I don't want to cook Plus the kids never like anything I fix in it.

The oldest has wrestling practice or meets every day, so he usually snacks before and after. The other one could live off McD's double cheeseburgers if I'd let him. As for the old man, he has banned me from making a few things, it's usually hit or miss on the spaghetti sauce (although I make it the same way every time ) I've been banned from meatloaf and anything that fits in the 'casserole' section of the cookbook

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During the week I keep it pretty simple for the family since I work full time and have an hour commute each way. I usually grill some kind of meat (pork chops, chicken breast, steak, etc) and I pair it with frozen/canned veggies and an easy starchy side (boxed Mac-n-cheese, instant mashed potatoes, pasta, etc). I just eat the meat and veggies and the rest of the family doesn't feel deprived. I also add a quick salad some nights. On nights when I make spaghetti or any other main pasta dish I just reheat some low carb soup from the freezer (which I make on the weekends) for me. I think it is a lot easier to stay on plan if I keep my weeknight cooking quick and easy and do the harder cooking on the weekends.
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Mon- baked chicken thighs (2 T butter melted, plop chicken in, sprinkle w/some garlic salt and pepper. 375, 45 min turning once). green beans, the microwave steaming kind. they get canned gravy and idahoan brand instant mashed potatoes.
Cook extra chicken for Wednesday.

Tue- pork chops in the pan. olive oil. cook chops. add onions and mushrooms and zucchini and a little more oil to the pan. Cook until done. Return pork chops to pan to heat. Cook some rice with butter and a bouillon cube in it for them. Cook extra rice.

Wed- take the leftover cooked chicken off the bone. cook some broccoli.
you get chicken tossed in a skillet with butter and hot sauce and the broccoli.
For them, mix the leftover rice, chicken, and some brocoli w/a can of cream of mushroom soup mixed w/1/3 cup milk. Heat in microwave or oven (350 30 min) If they don't like the casserole, tell them they are poopyheads because everyone likes this.

Thu- breakfast for dinner. Just like your usual but you get extra sausage patties instead of the gravy

Fri- make your own pizza night. Boboli crust for them. Meat crust for you (really thin really big burger, cooked.) add sauce, toppings, and cheese, and stick it in the oven like the boboli crust says to do.

sat-hot wings. bake. toss with butter and hot sauce. serve with celery sticks for you and fres for them.

sun- pepperocini pot roast in the crock pot if you are home. For them, boil potatoes, drain, and mix w/ a little milk, butter, and parsley, and everyone gets either salad or sauteed spinach.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:34 AM   #4
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How come I can't think of those things? And poopyheads? Why yes they are!
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Gibbs about the spaghetti sauce: did you know canned tomatoes will taste different depending on when they're harvested? Summer harvest = sweeter tomatoes than the rest of the year. It can really change the taste of your sauce! (and I don't know that there's any way to tell when they're harvested.)
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Ugh, I hear you!!!! Dinner is so hard in my house, and I even have time to cook! DH is so picky about things, and I hate-hate-hate spending time on cooking things he ends up not liking because I could live on scrambled eggs and wouldn't even bother cooking! DS would be happy with his "mix plate" of raw foods (he loves cut up raw vegetables, some fruit, a few pieces of meat and cheese).

Thanks for the ideas, Emel! I need to get it in gear for this week.
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No Dottie, I didn't know that. Explains a lot!! Thanks

Did I also mentioin I hate to shop? How many women in their right mind hate to shop?
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If they don't like the casserole, tell them they are poopyheads because everyone likes this.

That's awesome.

And I really hate to shop too, although you'd never know it lately...

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No Dottie, I didn't know that. Explains a lot!! Thanks

Did I also mentioin I hate to shop? How many women in their right mind hate to shop?
I hate to shop, too, but I'm also a bit of a control freak and like to select my goods personally, so I refuse to outsource it.

You, on the other hand, might consider it from an opportunity cost perspective. If you hate the task, can you justify spending your personal resources on it? Would the time be better spent in other ways? Grocery delivery, online ordering, etc......might work for you.
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My slow cooker is sometimes on for 12 hours...on low ...it works out well.
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My Mom used to ask us to write down a list of things that we WOULD eat.... without putting dessert or snack items; it had to be actual dinner foods.
Perhaps your family could do the same for you, and then you could take some ideas from their lists.

Also, how about enlisting THEIR help in making some of the dinner stuff?? Perhaps if they learn how much work it is to prepare the food, they will be more willing to eat it instead of just complaining about it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:11 AM   #12
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Throwing something in the crock pot is out, unless it takes 12 hours, that's how long no one is home and the crock pot doesn't have a start timer on it. And by the time I get home, I don't want to cook Plus the kids never like anything I fix in it.

What about getting one of those timers for lights then just set it for X-time and plug the slow cooker into it. It'll come one whenever you want it to, when the 'timer' tells it to.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:35 AM   #13
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I hate to cook! On Sunday, I try to prepare things for the week and freeze them. I have made a crockpot lasagne using cauliflower as "noodles" which was great and froze well. I make hamburger patties from ground beef and freeze them- who doesn't like a burger if I'm feeling really ambitious ill make a "pizza" and freeze that. Planning is key and if your DH is not happy with your cooking and bans you from making certain meals- hand him an apron!!
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I will tell you a story about when my old friend Paul was a boy. He's from Belfast.

Paul was one of 7 children, from a working class family.
His mother never varied her meal plans. The vegetable might be seasonal, or it might be whatever was best at the market, but the meats never changed.

Sunday was roast lamb.
Monday was lamb hash
Tuesday was pork steak
and so on. I remember Friday was fish.

Every meal was served with boiled potatoes, or spuds as he called them ('spoods' is what it sounded like when he told this story in his charming accent. I loved to hear him talk.)

One day Paul had a spaghetti with meat sauce meal at his friend's house. He suggested to his mother that she make it for the family sometime. The mother did not take kindly to having her meal plans critiqued, but Paul didn't take the hint and kept pushing for spaghetti.

One day Paul and the rest of the family were called to the supper table.
The usual Tuesday pork steak was on the table. The mother got a pot from the stove and dished out some horrendously overcooked, undrained, unsauced, unseasoned spaghetti noodles onto everyone's plate. It was a starchy, runny mess. And there were no spuds with the meal and no one could leave the table until they cleaned their plates.

No one dared say a word to Mama about it, but after supper, the kids all went outside and the brothers beat Paul up. He never suggested spaghetti again.

My point in all this is, maybe get the family's input about what they like, and set up "Chicken Monday" "Taco Tuesday" etc. and then find a low carb plate that works well to cook along with the family's carb-style meal.

Good luck. It's really easy once you find your groove.
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Awesome ideas!! I especially like the light timer. And yes, the kids help decide what to have, usually pizza, something deep fried or McD's LOL
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Another family friendly idea is to do a taco bar. Taco meat. Taco shells. Lettuce, tomatoes or pico de gallo salsa. Avocado slices or guacamole. Sour cream. Cheese. You make a salad for yourself. The rest of the family can make their own tacos.
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I only cook for 2, but my hubby is pretty picky. I plan recipes FIRST... before I ever set foot in the grocery store. I always have my husband weigh in on the recipe-choosing part (you can do this with the whole family maybe?). We also have 5 or so recipes that are tried-and-true, and we mix those in throughout the week. Each week we will try 2 or 3 "new" recipes. I use Pinterest a lot to find recipes, and we pick out a couple that we like and put them in the dinner queue. We also go out to eat about once a week. Breakfast and lunches are FFY (fend for yourself). I don't buy anything at the grocery store unless I know it is going into a recipe, or will get eaten on its own. Otherwise, I run into the issue where it goes bad before I figure out what to do... such a waste

I like grocery shopping, but I really don't like cooking. However, with my wheat allergy and low carb -- we have to make homemade meals each night. I guess I will eventually learn to love it - I hope!!

ETA: I saw someone posted about taco bar... that is our fave!!! We do "taco" night about twice a week because we both really love it!! Chicken or ground beef with homemade taco seasoing... add the fixin's!!!

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I will tell you a story about when my old friend Paul was a boy. He's from Belfast.

Paul was one of 7 children, from a working class family.
His mother never varied her meal plans. The vegetable might be seasonal, or it might be whatever was best at the market, but the meats never changed.

Sunday was roast lamb.
Monday was lamb hash
Tuesday was pork steak
and so on. I remember Friday was fish.

Every meal was served with boiled potatoes, or spuds as he called them ('spoods' is what it sounded like when he told this story in his charming accent. I loved to hear him talk.)

One day Paul had a spaghetti with meat sauce meal at his friend's house. He suggested to his mother that she make it for the family sometime. The mother did not take kindly to having her meal plans critiqued, but Paul didn't take the hint and kept pushing for spaghetti.

One day Paul and the rest of the family were called to the supper table.
The usual Tuesday pork steak was on the table. The mother got a pot from the stove and dished out some horrendously overcooked, undrained, unsauced, unseasoned spaghetti noodles onto everyone's plate. It was a starchy, runny mess. And there were no spuds with the meal and no one could leave the table until they cleaned their plates.

No one dared say a word to Mama about it, but after supper, the kids all went outside and the brothers beat Paul up. He never suggested spaghetti again.

My point in all this is, maybe get the family's input about what they like, and set up "Chicken Monday" "Taco Tuesday" etc. and then find a low carb plate that works well to cook along with the family's carb-style meal.

Good luck. It's really easy once you find your groove.
GREAT story and clever advice!
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Another family friendly idea is to do a taco bar. Taco meat. Taco shells. Lettuce, tomatoes or pico de gallo salsa. Avocado slices or guacamole. Sour cream. Cheese. You make a salad for yourself. The rest of the family can make their own tacos.

This is a great idea. When I was a kid we always had a taco night. My mom likes anything crispy/crunchy so she always made hers by putting the ground beef on the plate, then shredded cheese, tomatoes, shredded lettuce on top and we had, and still have, a home made taco sauce made from canned salsa but tweaked. She almost always ate the hard fried taco shell strips separately, With the taco salad. It's just the way she liked it.

Without the taco shells it's really good too.
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