My name is Marci and growing up around the kitchen table with my great grandmother helped understand the importance of fresh produce and a home cooked meal. Experiencing and feeling the love in her cooking made me realize the positive effect it has in a family environment. After falling off the wagon in my college years and then starting a family on my own, I decided to bring these values back into my life and the life of my family. As people came in contact with our family dynamic they were intrigued by our lifestyle which in turn inspired me to create Go To Meals. I strive to create happiness in the kitchen one healthy meal at a time and inspire families to gather around the kitchen and work together towards a healthier lifestyle.
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Well people think that I am a really good cook; the secret is that I can follow a recipe to the “T”. Every meal that I post is one that I have made for my family at least once, twice and some five times depending on their request. My goal is to test it out on my kids and husband, cause if you’re like me, you think; it looks good but, will they like it.
My husband and I have a rule that if it is just okay and I should not make it again tell me later so that my kids will still eat dinner. We dinner together and I make just one meal for us not two or three.
So when I Donovan was about a year old I read an article in Eating Well about how families get stuck with 20 meals and I thought wow that is me and I don’t want that for my family.
Since I only have one rule for my kids, that when it comes to eating…. NO FAST FOOD. That’s right my two kids have been to McDonald’s once in their life. I’ll talk about that later but, I just need to come up with a plan for “what’s for dinner” each night and of course it has to be healthy.
I had already been reading Cooking Light magazine for 10 plus year when I was single, always thought that it was too much for me.
Now that I have a growing family it was time to go back to reading it. So I subscribe to Eating Well, Cooking Light, Everyday by Martha Stewart (now online) and this past year I have added Everyday by Rachael Ray, wow now I have ideas flowing on what I want to make.
It took me another year or two to figure out how to organize all these recipes I have made and collected. I started to plan out my meals each Sunday, off to the store I would go with my shopping list, then one day I realized that meal planning became part of my life and routine.
After about a year and a pile of paper with my weekly plan, I realized that I need to log my meals, even if some meals were one hit wonders or needed to be added into my rotation.
I started to share the recipes I loved with my friends, it funny cause my friends will say that they made “Marci burgers”, mind you that I just found the recipe somewhere and shared it cause it was something I know they would like.
Now I have a binder full of great recipes, save and download tons of great meals that I have made over the last 7 years. I cooked many more year then that but, I just started to realize that my friends where in the same boat as me.
Sunday for me is filled with laundry, prepping snacks for the week, finishing up my one weekend project, spending time with my family and friends, before I know it Monday morning is here and I am just trying to have energy to get my family going.
Snapshot of my Cooking Life
I do have a full time, I work out at gym early in the morning during the week (this is my “me time”), my kids keep me busy playing sports, I love to read books on cooking, health, self-development and of course a romance novel once in a while, spending time with my girlfriends that inspire me to be a better version of me and the best for last my family.
I love being with my kids and husband as much as possible. One of my favorite parts of my day is dinner time. Each night at dinner we have two questions that go around the dinner table.
First one is “what was the best part of your day?”
Second question is “what could improve upon from today to tomorrow?” All of us answer the questions and our kids love it! This is me in nutshell!
Stay tuned for more!