Cooking can be a challenge for some people while for others it may be an artistic outlet. I don’t think you need to attended cooking classes in order to make a good meal. If you can follow instructions (a recipe!) then you can make a great meal. Once you start experimenting with new recipes and becoming familiar with various ingredients, you will be more comfortable with creating some of your own masterpieces.
One of the ways I simplify my life with cooking is that on Sunday or Monday, I write out a menu for the week and my grocery list. Growing up my mom went to the grocery store every single day for that evening’s dinner. I tried that at one point but there’s just not enough time in the day to do that and I hate starting a day wondering what I should make for dinner. I open a word document and type out the days of the week. I separate which days we have my step kids since those meals tend to be a little less “exotic”, then I start scouring Pinterest and various food websites. One of my favorites is Eating Well because you can find tasty recipes that are also healthy for you. As I add a dinner to the week, I make my grocery list on the same page so it’s all in one place. I then write down on our family calendar the meal for each night of the week. This has become something my family enjoys because they can see ahead of time what we’re going to have for dinner…what can I say? We enjoy food!
Family dinners are important in our house and allow time for hearing about everyone’s day and open dialogue. We eat every dinner, whether it’s 2 of us (with a baby in his Mamaroo or in our arms) or 4 of us, at the dinner table. It’s a tradition I grew up with and am happy to raise my family with.