…Then this food post isn’t for you! Stop reading. Seriously.

Anybody who knows anything about me knows that I don’t cook.

It’s not that I can’t. I just don’t. Never have had the motivation. No reason good enough. My palette isn’t even that broad. So noodles have been the extent of my experimenting in the kitchen. When I have tried…things burn, dry out, smell funny…ugh. Just not fun.

God knew this was the case when he set me up with Justin Jeter. He’s a fabulous chef. He’s loves to cook! He has been the sole ‘bread maker’ in our relationship since day one. I think I made 2 meals the the entire first year we were married. It worked out fine when we moved to Clearwater for his job. He got home at 4:30. I arrived home at 5:45 to dinner on the table. Dreamworld, ladies. It was blissful!

Well, God has got the last laugh. My husband took a promotion this month. He now arrives home at 6:30. Hungry. Starving. Ravenous. There is no way I can reasonably expect him to cook dinner at 6:30…to eat at 7:30…it’d be ludicrous. And just downright rude. I’m not a diva. I know when duty calls.

So, I have prayerfully and carefully embraced this new chapter in our lives and embarked on something entirely unknown.

Cooking.

So for the last 3 weeks, I’ve had several successful events. I want to share them with you. Not to revel in the glory of my accomplishments…however meager they may be. But to encourage you. Cooking clean and easy is possible!

If I can do it…it’s not an understatement when I say anybody can do it!

Few things.

1) Crockpot is my best friend.

2) Planning ahead even a little bit will save hundreds…HUNDREDS…of trips to the grocery store.

3) I applaud ALL working mothers, stay at home mothers, wives in general who cook. It is time consuming and messy. But you do it anyways.

Okay. Here are some of the things I managed to pull off! *Links provided

Pan Fried Lemon Chicken – I wasn’t brave enough to photograph my finished product

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili – We did kidney beans instead…my husband love, love, loved this dish!

Sweet Potato Turkey Meatballs – I added bacon, cooked them for 45 minutes. We’ve been eating a lot of sweet potatoes because my husband is carb-loading as he trains for an upcoming competition.

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My finished product!

Homemade Granola Bars – We needed something sweet to snack on over the weekend. Bingo! I could eat the whole pan! *I reduced the honey to 1/2 cup. Next time I’ll probably do even less.

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Melt-In-Your-Mouth-Goodness!

I’ve done a few more things (crockpot pork chops were fall-apart-delicious!) but can’t find all the recipes. The nice thing is my husband eats the left overs for the following day or two so if I cook 2-3 times a week…we’re golden!

Anyhow – Look around for good, clean recipes! They’re out there! Let me know if you try any of these! Every one of them was a hit in my house! 🙂 *Idiot-proof, too!

Much love,
HJ

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