Betty Crocker Rides Again
My kids were looking at my highschool yearbook one day and nearly collapsed in spasms of laughter when they saw that as a senior I’d received the Betty Crocker Home Economics Award.
I really couldn’t blame them. They’d been eating my cooking for a while.
It’s not that I can’t cook. It’s just that I have so little interest in creating something that’ll be gone in a blink, I’ve never seen the point in going crazy over the process. My theory of cooking has always been doing what can I do in the shortest possible time that will produce something my family will eat without too many complaints.
So I made use of lots of pre-packaged products. Then when we suspected one of the kids might have a food sensitivity, I slashed sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, dairy, and citrus from our diets trying to isolate anything that might be the problem. I went “Full Court Press Health-Food Wacko.” I baked cookies sweetened with juice. I scrambled tofu for them, for pity’s sake.
They rebelled in short order and my poor DH had nightmares of being chased around the house by giant rice cakes.
But if my mother is right and “Food is love,” I want to offer my family something they’ll enjoy and will help keep them healthy.
Hence my Personal Bucket List item #7. Cook a healthy meal the DH can’t tell is healthy. Now if I’ve learned anything from my time on the internet it’s that there are tons of people out there who are smarter than me. I’m looking for your best tasting healthy recipe today. But there are a few things we’re trying to avoid. The recipe can’t contain: salt, sugar, yeast, anything distilled or fermented (like vinegar or wine, alas!), or MSG (The DH claims I’d never need arsenic to get rid of him. A bottle of Accent would do the trick.)
Oh, and it has to be relatively low in calories. I’m open to any type of dish–meat lover or vegetarian–and would love to learn about some new spices to use in place of salt.
So please leave your recipes and I’ll let the DH make the choice as to which one I try first. Thanks for your help in my quest to see my inner Betty Crocker ride again!