One thing I hear – a lot – when I talk about living a more conscious lifestyle is that, yes, that’s all fine and good. Until you have kids. Babies have a way of interrupting things, don’t they? Less time for yourself, less time for tackling things like recycling or gardening or even cooking.
Well, take heart. Debbie Koenig may not be able to help with your recycling or gardening or any of the myriad other chores that often go by the wayside when you are raising kids. But cooking? She’s got you covered. Her book, Parents Need To Eat Too is filled with healthy, easy to make recipes that just might prevent you from falling into the fast food trap.
My kids are teens now and do much of their own cooking. I’m beyond the oh-my-gosh-when-will-I-ever-sleep stage. And yet, thumbing through the review copy that the publisher sent, I found a ton of recipes that I’d actually make. Zucchini and Spinach Risotto? Why, yes please! And the fact that the meals are so easy to pull together means I’ll have time to spend in the garden growing some of the ingredients.
I’ve got my eye on a few of the slow cooker recipes in the book, but the first thing I had to try? Curry Roasted Chickpeas. We are snackers around here, but we try to avoid pre-packaged snacks as much as possible. The idea of a salty snack that also packs a protein punch was really desirable to me. Instead of the canned* chickpeas that Debbie suggests, I used some chickpeas that I’d cooked up from dry beans (I try to always keep some in the freezer for making hummus). Score! The only change I’d make to the recipe would be to double it. Or triple it.
Curious? Debbie has been kind enough to share a few recipes from Parents Need To Eat Too.
She also has an impressive collection of recipes on her site. If you’ve got chores to do but still want to feed your family a great tasting meal, check out her quick suppers.
Want to win a copy of the book? Simply comment here, telling us what you’ll do with the extra time away from the stove. Comments submitted by noon on February 21, 2012 (Hawaii standard time) will be entered to win. USA residents only.
*If you use canned chickpeas, look for the Eden Organic brand. Their cans are BPA free.
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