The first meal I made for my wife consisted of prepackaged crescent rolls, bagged mashed potatoes, boxed pasta and a few steaks. It took me two hours to prepare and I thought that I’d done a spectacular job. I even put candles on the table so the dinner could have a romantic feel. No fruits were served at that dinner, because, well, I don’t believe in fruit. Vegetables were not served at that dinner either, because I didn’t believe in paying for vegetables at that time.
Well, I learned that boxed pasta, bagged mashed potatoes and prepacked crescent rolls don’t exactly scream romanticism. Fortunately, my wife appreciated the effort even though she still laughs at that first meal.
What should be obvious from the experience I just shared, is that I am not a chef. I think that I would be considered a below average cook at best.
These suggestions aren’t meals a gourmet chef is going to want to write home about, but they are meals that my wife seems to enjoy eating. These are meals for the father who doesn’t do a lot of cooking, but needs to cook something that doesn’t come out of a box for his wife, significant other, or mother on Mother’s Day.
For the most part, my list just includes suggestions for the main course. I have a couple different vegetables that I can prepare and I just rotate them with various main courses. My rotation includes: frozen green beans, frozen peas, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, broccoli, home fries and hash browns. And yes, I consider potatoes a vegetable because I do believe in buying potatoes.
I am probably the best at making mashed potatoes. Here’s how I do it, cut the potatoes into small chunks and boil them until they are soft. Drain the water and begin mixing the cooked potatoes. Gradually add heavy cream or milk to the potatoes. The key there is gradually. Don’t put too much milk or cream in the potatoes or they will be ruined, but you can always add more milk or cream as you go if you don’t add enough. Then mix in pinches of salt until the mashed potatoes taste right.
And now for the main course, here are 15 meals a Father can easily prepare on Mother’s Day:
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