The Way to A Man’s Heart
When my Mr. and I started out at 17 on our own I had no clue how to cook. I made spaghetti once a week every week. We picked out various Hamburger Helpers and added diversity with Tuna Helper. Homestyle Bakes came out and I thought I was a professional using the oven. Even now, my nose is still wrinkled in a burned out disgust from those boxed dinners. Sorry Kraft, we’ve come a long way.
There’s an age old saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Feed a man well and he’ll be a happy hubs. I don’t necessarily think this is the absolute way to a man’s heart but I do know how important it is to feed a family. What we put into our bodies can make a world of difference in how we feel and the quality of life both in the present and long-term future. Bottom line – we need to feed our men well ladies!
Cooking is a learning process but I’ve put together some of our basic favorites to help you start out. I’ve been scouring Pinterest since it was born and may or may not have fallen down the rabbit hole many, many, many times. That’s either a forewarning or happy falling, however you want to take it! 😉 My last tips for kitchen success are these: put on your favorite Prime Music or Spotify playlist, have a glass of wine, and clean dishes and pick up as you go. Happy Eating!
This is a super easy recipe that combines beans, chicken, and cheese. It’s great during the cooler months and can be done either in the crockpot or on the stovetop. I wonder how this would taste on top a baked potato or corn chips?
My edits: I use canned chicken for a quick weeknight dinner and use colby jack cheese instead of pepper jack.
Don’t forget to have all the toppings – shredded cheddar, sour cream, guac, jalapeños, and salsa! My edits: I omit the onions and add a yellow or orange bell pepper to go with the red and green. We eat ours in lettuce wraps or bowls covered in cheese, jalapeños, and sour cream. Mmmmm…
Since we don’t like onion, I make my guacamole based off of Chili’s Tableside Guacamole:
- 3 avocados, pitted, peeled and chunked
- Juice of one fresh lime. Before cutting, use your palm to roll the lime on the counter. It breaks down the pulp and makes more juice. 😉
- 1-2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and diced
- 1 fresh tomato, diced
- Garlic Salt
Combine it all in a bowl. Just smoosh the avocado before you add the tomato. That way you don’t end up with tomato goop instead of diced tomatoes.
This is a fancy layered twist on regular tacos. It’s great when hosting a couple’s dinner date! Very simple, and the instructions are so easy to follow! Again, make the above guac and plop lots on top!
Not only are these super simple but they’re so fancy! I remember one of our most memorable at home dates was candlelit dinner with grilled skewers and wine. 🙂
My edits: Grilling is not really my Mr.’s thing so we do these on the Foreman grill. If you don’t have either, you can try cooking them in a skillet.
These have an outstanding melded flavor of tex-mex and southern comfort. 🙂
My edits: Again, I don’t use onion so I buy regular diced tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies. I serve with the bean/tomato mixture on top of the patties with cheese on top of all of it.
Sausage & Potatoes
Potatoes are an excellent crispy and uncomplicated staple at home. This is a great substitute for french fries. Sauté some sausage link slices in a skillet on the stovetop and pair with a salad or cooked broccoli.
My edits: I leave the skin on. Sometimes I’ll do salt and pepper. Sometimes I’ll spice it up with a dry ranch seasoning packet or Tony C’s cajun seasoning.
I get so many compliments when I make this and you’d think it took hours of work in the kitchen but it’s actually so easy! While this is linked to a woman who is NOT my mother-in-law, she’s the person who taught me how to make these so I affectionately label them hers.
My edits: I substitute a can of cream of mushroom for the cream of potato and don’t use milk. I also season with salt & pepper before filling the crust. Be careful, those canned soups have a ton of sodium in them so it doesn’t take very much salt. I usually use a fork to create the slits in the top crust and have done everything from a heart to a monogram LOL!
Fulfill That Age Old Saying
I started out with Hamburger Helper but learned to follow recipes and have grown exponentially over the years! You will too!! Now that you have a week’s worth of meals, you can fulfill that age old saying “The Way to a Man’s Heart is Through His Stomach”. Make a meal plan of your Mr.’s favorite dinners or use these as your entrees and add salad or frozen veggies. I suggest alternating chicken and red meat each night. Go buy your groceries, and you’ve got a week’s worth of feeding your man well! Enjoy!!
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