I know, I skipped a few days 🙂
As the primary grocery shopper in the family, it’s easy to ask myself, what sounds good tonight? I’d like to be better about meal planning on the weekend and sitting down with Brent to do so, but lately, that’s not our reality.
It’s also a little bit tricky asking myself what sounds good when I have way more food limitations that Brent has. Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I have to be careful what I eat. Luckily, mine only affects me when I eat a lot so usually one bite doesn’t hurt, but four or five would probably cause me to wake up in a rash.
Something also a bit tricky? Two year old twins 🙂
Sometimes I have something cooked in time for Knox & Sloane to eat, but often times, Brent and I eat after they do. If it’s a casserole or something, I always try to see if they will eat a little bit of leftovers at lunch the next day.
Brent could eat steak or chicken every single night, but I’m not a huge meat person at all. I do really like fish, though. So I’ve learned pretty recently, as long as he has something as a main course, I can often fill up with the side.
One of the hardest things about just finding a recipe that sounds good or looks pretty is the ingredients! Not everyone has everything, nor can we make it to the store each day. A lot of times I need to be inspired by what I see when I open my refrigerator.
A lot of people do their grocery shopping each day for the meal they are having that evening. That isn’t really feasible for us right now. So I do have to somewhat brainstorm when I do make a trip to the grocery store. I’ve actually learned you can make a lot with staples. If I have fruit, veggies, pasta, lettuce and noodles, I can come up with something…or ask my mom! She has always been one to come up with something from what seems like nothing.
After almost a year, we’ve finally found pasta, bread and tortillas that we both like that are gluten free.
I don’t want our meals to be boring or seem repetitive either.
One thing I never really thought much about, until recently, is condiments. They really can change up or create a dish.
Marzetti KitchensSM recently launched a new aspect of their site, recipes! If you aren’t familiar with Marzetti Kitchens, you better go get you some of their delicious items and see for yourself!
Their new recipe program is a great source for drawing mealtime inspiration, highlighting its variety of delicious recipes, seasonal cooking section, and great kitchen tips, perfect for any family meal or occasion. They have other family brands that include salad dressings, dips, croutons, and frozen breads.
I also like that they use a lot of fruits and vegetables in their recipes, as well as fall flavors that would be great for the upcoming holidays. They are also recipes that are easy to create, but yet creative and they all look delicious.
I recently started buying this, gluten free, ravioli, but I’ve been finding myself stuck on red sauces. They just usually seem quicker. Well, I searched for “ravioli” on the site, and this is what I got….
Um, I must admit, I never would have thought of using ranch dressing, but Brent and I both really enjoyed it! Mine isn’t quite as pretty and we aren’t big sun-dried tomatoes people, but we could have eaten several bowls 🙂 I also used a LOT of chopped basil and I added cilantro.
I’ll definitely be using the site to find great recipes using their products that I already have in my refrigerator and I’ll probably pick up a few more!
They also have great options for gameday!
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