Easy Recipes You Should Try!
If you are a busy mom, then you’ll love these recipes. Rachel has created easy recipes that you can make in just a few minutes!
Rachel is a busy mom with three jobs! She doesn’t always have time to cook for her family, so she’s created quick and easy recipes. Check out her recipes now!
Tell us more about yourself, your site, and your family.
I’m (gasp!) almost 30. Okay, now that I have that out of the way…I’m a stay-at-home mom of two kids. My daughter (E) is two-and-a-half, and my son (N) is almost two-months-old. I have my doctorate in physical therapy and work occasionally at a hospital hauling people out of bed and helping them get on their feet again after surgeries or injuries. And I write a food blog, Rachel Cooks. I absolutely adore all three jobs. I am so thankful that my husband goes to work and works his tail off every day so that I can stay at home with my children, but I am also so blessed to be able to pursue my other passions through doing physical therapy on weekends and blogging while the kids sleep.
My site, "Rachel Cooks", features recipes that are easy to prepare and that will please the whole family. I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen slaving away on some complicated dish, so you’re not likely to find those on my site. Lots of weekday dinners and plenty of sweet treats scattered in there. I send most of the sweets off to work with my husband though—despite throwing up every day for 18 months, these kids still left me with some serious love handles. On that note, you will find a balance of health and indulgence on my site, but we do try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eating lots of whole grains and fresh produce. Once a week, I also showcase other food bloggers in a feature called “A Day in the Life.”
Is there anyone in particular who influenced you to start cooking?
Hands down, my mom. She is a phenomenal cook and I grew up cooking with her. She remains one of the only people I enjoy cooking with. We work so well together in the kitchen and we both really love it. I’m a bit of a control freak so sometimes cooking with other people stresses me out. However, having a toddler is like a 10 step program for control freaks. I’m learning to let some things go. Whenever my parents come to visit us (they live over 2 hours away), my mom and I go to the market and create a fun dinner for everyone. Two recipes that remind me of my mom are pesto and fresh blueberry pie.
What is your favorite part about creating recipes?
Honestly, probably my husband’s reaction. Sounds a little cheesy, but I love to impress him and make food that he loves. He’s the type of guy that could eat the same thing every day and is happy to get stuck in a food rut, so I love it when he is surprised by a new food that he didn’t expect to like. Or maybe he’s just being nice—ha! I even mention at the end of every post what my husband thought of that particular recipe.
I also have been really trying to make more things from scratch that I typically buy in the store. I like challenging myself to try new things. I recently made homemade “refried” beans in the slow cooker. They are fat-free and have way less sodium than the canned, store-bought version. Next up? Ketchup!
Which recipes are your favorites to cook with your husband?
You know, we don’t really cook together that much. He makes us blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs almost every Saturday, and sometimes he’ll take the reins and make dinner, but I stay out of his way—if he’s cooking it is usually to give me a break. In the summertime, though, he’ll man the grill while I cook up some sides inside.
One of my favorite things to make for my husband are chocolate chip cookies (old photos, please don’t judge!). He loves them and I love to surprise him with a batch of them. He also loves tuna noodle casserole. He once called it gourmet to one of his friends who is a really good cook! I was so embarrassed, but still thrilled that he likes my cooking so much. The casserole is far from gourmet, but I put in some water chestnuts to add some crunch and peas for some veggies.
Have you ever made any funny mistakes while cooking? What happened?
Oh boy, I’m sure there are a thousand stories that could be told here but I think I erase them from my memory. Just the other day, I was crisping up tortillas in the toaster oven and almost set the house on fire because my daughter and I were having a major battle over cleaning up her toys and I forgot about the tortillas.
What advice would you give to moms who are learning how to cook?
Read recipes start to finish, twice, before starting on the recipe. Don’t be scared of trying new things. Do some prep, such as cutting vegetables during naps. Have fun and don’t be too hard on yourself. There’s always carry-out if something is a major failure, and you’ll always learn from your mistakes.
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