Sara Evans recently sat down with Epicurious to discuss how she handles motherhood and her busy career and always makes time to cook for her family. Sara is the mother of seven children, her three and her husband’s four, and she says, “My children are so spoiled. They want me to cook for them, and we do not eat fast food.”
While she likes to joke that they are spoiled, Sara wouldn’t have it any other way. She says, “I cook at home because I grew up with that mindset. We were farmers and my mother cooked three huge meals a day. I cook hot breakfast every morning for my kids — we do not eat cereal, we do not eat Pop Tarts. I’m kind of a snob about it, actually, because I just feel like anything made at home is better for your children — even if it’s just a box of pasta.”
Even when she’s busy traveling for work she makes sure her kids have a hot, home-cooked meal. For instance, when she recently had to fly to New York for the day she says, “I put turkey in the crock pot, cooked the turkey all day, and just really quickly chopped up potatoes, boiled them, skin on, and just added butter and salt and pepper. I made corn on the cob, just sauteed in butter. I made it so that everything would be ready whenever they want to eat it. It’s a home-cooked meal, even though I had to leave at 4:30 a.m. — I’m just really big on that.”
You can read more from Sara and check out one of her favorite go-to recipes for Ranch and Mushroom Chicken Thighs, which she created using Hidden Valley Original Ranch, here.