I’ll share with you what I was telling my husband a few days ago – how much more I enjoy prepping and making meals (or baking) for the last year and a half. It’s not the most fancy cooking, trust me, but the fact that I genuinely appreciate serving my family this way is what makes it blog worthy! The biggest difference is that my kids usually want to be a part of it now when before they never wanted anything to do with it. My oldest prefers to pitch in when I bake something and my youngest (well she’ll soon be my middle child once baby #3 arrives in October 2017) always wants to help – whether its cooking or baking. It’s adorable to see her crack an egg, mix a salad up, or season whatever food I’m going to make, and my oldest’s enthusiasm to help bake something with me is contagious (especially because completing his chores is not met with the same enthusiasm haha).
I think their previous lack of desire to want to help me stemmed from the negative attitude I had towards cooking. They’d hear the tone in my voice when I’d say, “Ugh and now I have to cook!” If I was home full-time with the kids at the time I resented the additional responsibility and if I was working I, again resented it, and felt entitled to always order or have my husband cook (which he had no problem doing – phew). Now that I’m a mature Christian woman, who is content and grateful for the tasks of a stay at home momma’s everyday, that cheerful attitude has carried over to my children.
I try to make cooking a teaching moment by first and foremost saying aloud how thankful I am to God that we have food to eat. Even while doing housework – they’ll usually always hear me saying “Thank God we have a home to take care of and clothes to wash.” My son will often ask why I organize or clean as much as I do and I remind him that this is the Lord’s house and we have a responsibility to take care of it as we would any of His blessings. With a good routine and time management I can, on most days during the week, keep up with the house, teach the kids, have fun with the kids, write, and relax. On some days nothing works out the way it’s supposed to and I’ve learned to let those days go because it is what it is. Other teaching moments while cooking or baking include having them count, sort, measure, and so forth. When they’re together I make sure that they learn how to work effectively together which means I’m constantly reminding them to take turns!
Let me share the recipe that has become my family’s favorite dinner:
- Lightly coat the bottom of a pan with EVOO. Burner should be on Medium-High.
- Once warm throw in Red, Green, and Yellow peppers and Onion. Cut or chop to your liking.
- Season and top that with Adobo (with black pepper).
- Let peppers and onion soften/slightly brown.
- Add Trader Joe’s Individually Frozen Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breasts. I cut them into strips and serving size all depends on your family size and eating habits 😉
- Cook on Low Medium for about 25 minutes or until cooked through. Times will vary.
- Serve with the rice of your preference. We use Jasmine or Basmanti.
- Salad of your preference as a side.
- For picky eaters, like my children, you can place the cooked chicken with peppers and onion in a food chopper. I then mix it with the rice and they eat it up!
Read and Reflect:
1 Corinthians 10:31 that tells us so, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 9:7 that reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver.
Titus 2:5 that reminds us to keep busy at home.
God bless ❤