What's for dinner?
I love to cook, but most weeknights I'm so tired that all I want to do is eat out. Not that eating out with a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old isn't exhausting in itself. Plus, all that dining out gets really expensive. And kid menus don't usually offer the healthiest options.
So, to save money and make sure we eat relatively well, I try to plan out all the dinners and do the shopping on the weekend. Having a plan makes even the thought of cooking dinner easier. And there's no better incentive to stay in and cook than thinking of all that food in the fridge going to waste if I don't.
Another great incentive is recipes. I love trying new recipes. So when it's time to sit down and plan the menu I start cracking open the cookbooks and food mags and scouring the Internet.
With half a dozen tasty looking recipes to try, tying on the apron gets a whole lot easier.
I've got a pretty good collection of family-friendly recipes that are pretty quick to make (and, thankfully, to clean up). I got to thinking that it would be fun to share my ever-growing collection with other busy parents. And I'm willing to bet all you UrbanMamas and Papas out there have your own stash of quick and yummy recipes you might like to share too.
So to start this recipe exchange off, I'll supply three simple but flavorful soup recipes (see below) I made recently. Two of them helped me use up some leftover roast chicken and they all were a great way to warm up after our days playing in the snow.
Feel free to share your own soup or stew recipe(s) by using the comment link. We'll keep it all archived under the "Recipes -- Soups" category on the left side of the UrbanMamas home page. As the exchange gets going we'll add more categories, such as entrees, sides, vegetarian, etc.