Grateful for Home-Cooked Meals

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to take our girls out for a treat at lunchtime. At the end of the school year in June I had received a gift card to Harvey’s, a burger place, and thought it would be a good opportunity to use it before I left it in the bottom of the drawer and forgot about it. We do not frequent fast food places as a rule and therefore took a while to choose our meal. While we were eating, I could tell my family was not impressed. To be honest, I knew I could create a better burger at home – and be more generous with the toppings! As we left the fast food restaurant, my daughter said words I never thought I would hear from my children. “Mommy, I am grateful that we eat home-cooked meals.” My daughters, who are now both teenagers, have come to appreciate the meals my husband and I cook at home.

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A chicken dinner. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

My chicken dinners are enjoyed by all as I have learned to roast the chicken so that it is not dry. Having experimented with the herbs and spices, I have figured out exactly how much to use for our tastes.

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Home-made vegetable soup. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As the cool days are approaching, I know I will make my vegetable soup often. We also enjoy the taste of lentil soups as well – whether it is brown lentils or red lentils.

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Curry and roti. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Stew, and even curry, is a favourite too. When we visit Indiatown and buy some roti or dahl pourri, we are sure to have this for a meal during the week.

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Stir-fried noodles. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

And every Friday night we have vegetarian stir-fried noodles. Both my husband and daughters are disappointed if I cook something else.

This week I am grateful for children who enjoy eating food that has been cooked at home. Not only is eating out at a restaurant a treat – but now they are more discerning with which food they want to eat.

Processed with RookieWhat have you been grateful for this week?

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(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created. )

Thank you for last week’s contributions. I enjoy reading what others are grateful for – the posts make me think of other things I am happy to have in my life. 

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49 thoughts on “Grateful for Home-Cooked Meals

  1. Wow! With food like that who would want to eat out!
    In following your theme, I’m grateful for being at Mom’s and for having some of her home-cooked meals. There is nothing better!


  2. It’s great that your daughters really appreciate the home-cooked meals — and even greater that you and your husband bother to take the time in your busy schedules to do the home cooking. So many families these days do not put any importance on family meals at all.


  3. Your soups, stews and stir-fry look really good. Excuse me if I pass on the chicken (RSPB member). Fast food has its place – Tuesday was a home football match so I wouldn’t have time to cook in the evening. Cue a quick lunchtime outing of the family to our local Kebab shop where you get much better burgers than the ones from the golden arches, along with lots of other mediterranean options. But we normally eat home cooked meals most days – I think I’m going to do Gnocci with a mushroom sauce tonight 🙂


  4. We don’t do a lot of fast food either. My partner makes the best burgers ever. I was lucky growing up to have a mom who cooked. I know some parents just don’t have the time/energy.


  5. My mother and grandmother were great cooks, so home cooking was just assumed really. If I eat out, it’s usually out of necessity when I’m travelling. It’s not just the inferior food, I prefer the relaxation of eating at home. Just finished some rice (he cooks that) and stir fried veg. Tasty, delicious, and not too filling for an evening meal. I worry that people don’t cook or eat fresh food anymore.


    1. I think that much of the nation’s obesity problems are because of the fast food diet. If we could all go back to home-cooked meals, many of us would be healthier.


  6. We have discovered the same thing about eating out. Nothing beats a good, home-cooked meal. And your home-cooked meals look yummy!

    This week I am grateful for running water (since I am currently without running water for the weekend). It’s amazing how many things we do that require water, and it’s so much easier to do them when the water magically comes out of a faucet. 🙂


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