Have you joined Pinterest yet? Well, I have and I can already see that this new means of social networking is going to make me put on a few extra (and unneeded) pounds.
I am definitely not a cook. It’s a fact that anyone who knows me can attest to. It’s not that I don’t think I would be good at it or that I can’t follow a recipe or that I don’t have a great space to cook and prepare foods. I mean, every Thanksgiving we have about 30 people at our house and believe me, it is a major cook-fest. But on an every day basis, I have absolutely no desire to spend a ton of my day – or really any part of my day – cooking.
Awhile back, we realized we were doing take-out way too much, so we stopped that and eat what we have in the house, but oftentimes, there’s not really all that much here. My kids eat regular kid staples that we almost always have on hand – mac & cheese, hot dogs, pizza, pasta – you know, all things that are easy to make. A few months ago, our microwave was broken and I feared we would all starve to death while waiting for a new one to be installed. Between work schedules, school, homework and after-school activities, our family’s timing is never the same two days in a row, which results in everyone eating at different times or on the way out the door. I have always assumed that many other families have the same issue but recently realized that it is definitely that way when the younger sister of one of my son’s hockey teammates showed up to a dinner time game carrying her dinner – a small Ziploc bag of pasta. Earlier this year, Fresh Direct started delivering to parts of Nassau County, so placing an order of prepared (healthier) foods that just have to be put in the oven or microwave has made it somewhat better in our house, and my husband is only eating Lean Cuisine’s or sandwiches 2 or 3 nights a week, as opposed to 4 or 5.
However, I have now discovered the latest craze in social media – Pinterest – and my world has changed. When I checked the site and see what my friends have pinned, I found myself creating a pinboard of not only “Food” but an additional one called “Recipes I Want to Try“. And not only am I repinning these recipes and links, but I’ve found that I actually WANT to try to cook them!
A few weeks ago, I whipped out my crockpot and made delicious Crockpot Barbeque Chicken from a really easy recipe that I found on Stick a Fork In It. Another night, I used Budget Bytes Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo which was not only easy to make, but super inexpensive and my kids loved it so much (and we had enough leftovers) that I think they ate it 2 or 3 nights that week (at their request!!). My daughter is currently munching on delicious Baked Avocado Fries and just showed me something that we rarely see in these parts – an empty plate. This morning though took the cake, when I passed on going to the gym with a friend so that we could make Chocolate & Peanut Butter Filled Crescent Rolls from For The Love Of Cooking – and not only did my kids eat these (of course), but they pretty much made them on their own!
Now from a healthy eating perspective, the chicken was great and even the pasta was scaled back and made with fewer calories than it would normally have been. But the crescent rolls???
With things posted to my “Recipes I Want To Try” board that have names like Oreo Pudding Poke Cake, Nutella cookies, baked potato soup, and “slutty brownies” (note that the blogger The Londoner said that could only be called slutty brownies because they were “oh so easy, and more than a little bit filthy”) – I better get off Pinterest and back to the gym.