Your secret is out.
You’re not your nana or madrina or tía. You’re not your mom. You don’t know the difference between a sofrito and a frittata. You are not a cook. You don’t like to cook. I can relate! I found easy to cook healthy recipes and you can too.
Here’s my story:
My mom was excited when I told her my new boyfriend would be visiting from San Francisco over the weekend. I had told her so much about him. How wonderful he was, how kind and smart and Latino he was! She, being the mama bear that she is, was dying to meet him.
“When does Alex come into town?” she asked.
“Tomorrow,” I said.
“I can’t wait to meet this guy. He’s your first Latino boyfriend, mija. This is a momentous occasion,” she said.
I gave her a look and told her to dial it back a notch.
Then she offered to help me get my house in order. Who am I to turn down this kind of offer? So I said, “Sure, Mama, come over about 10 tomorrow.”
She was right. We went on a speed-cleaning spree and we got ‘er done in no time at all. In the middle of it, she asked, “Do you have anything to eat? I’m getting hungry.”
Uh-oh. I didn’t have anything to eat. Well, that is kind of an understatement. When she opened the refrigerator, all she found was a half-eaten piece of chocolate cake and a flat bottle of cava. Okay, maybe some moldy cheese and a rotten avocado.
“¡Ay, Virgen Santísima!” she said.
“I was planning to go to the store before he came,” I said. “I’ve been gone all week, Mom.”
“Not even orange juice and a loaf of bread, Sari? Really?”
“I don’t keep a well-stocked, fridge, Mom. You know I don’t like to cook,” I told her.
“Okay, okay!” She threw her arms up in the air. “It’s none of my business.”
You know you’re in trouble when they say, “It’s none of my business.”
Mom went out and stocked the fridge for me and tried to make it look like I’ve been eating healthy. She even bought some tomatoes, onions and green chiles.
“Let’s fool him into thinking you know how to make sofrito,” she said, only half-joking.
That was a couple of years ago, before Alex and I got engaged and then promptly eloped. I am happy to report that Alex is a wonderful cook. He makes some mean bistec de pollo, and cooks most of our meals at home. Okay, I help. I’m his sous chef. Sometimes.
Once we were married and set up our cozy home, I wanted to get into the kitchen a little more. Not too much, just a little. Like, throw something together for us once or twice a week. Do easy to cook, healthy recipes even exist for a girl who doesn’t like to cook?
My Tía Lori—the De Las Mías chef and la mera mera madrina en la cocina— would say yes!
These recipes can be found in the All Recipes section of the DLM app.
I still don’t love to cook, okay? But on those days when Alex doesn’t want to be in charge of the kitchen, I can honestly say, ¡me defiendo!
My way of thinking is that not all of us like to cook, but we can still whip up something healthy and delicious with just a little bit of help from our madrinas and comadres. Periodically, I will post some of my other Lazy Sari dishes, which are easy to cook, healthy recipes for those of you who are like me. After all, men shouldn’t do all the cooking. They need a break once in awhile!
Here are a few of our favorite easy recipes!