Welcome to Cooking For The Time Challenged!

My motive for starting this blog is primarily practical: I have reached the stage where it takes too much time to find the recipes that I want to cook.

Perhaps with a blog it could be easier to organize and retrieve them?

I am married and I have 2 children with special needs. One of my daughters, Yaffa, used to be on a feeding tube. My other daughter, Raizel, used to be on a special diet called the Feingold Diet. My husband, Jay, is on the Mediterranean Diet for health reasons. For personal health reasons, I do not eat flour, sugar, wheat, eggs or dairy. So, between all our dietary limitations, I have many culinary challenges.

I work full time by necessity. Food prep, set up and clean up are daily opportunities for organizational growth and development.

I always say, β€œHow we do anything is how we do everything.” The secret to good food starts with the right ingredients and love.

I also believe that our thoughts are very powerful. So, I pray while I cook, and set my intentions on positive and loving thoughts. I am convinced that the food tastes better that way!

When I first started this blog, my husband laughed at the idea of a blog about food. Now, my husband has redeemed himself. He has gained a greater appreciation for the importance of cooking with love and prayer. The power of prayer and positive thinking runs deep!

The goal of this blog is to share my recipes, cooking strategies and sundry thoughts and suggestions on preparing and serving home cooked meals — while juggling work, special needs and special diets within the dietary guidelines of the Jewish faith (Kashrut).

I hope that other people will be able to benefit from my experience of juggling work, home and family responsibilities too.

I try to make food that is fast, easy, and all natural. I call it cooking with maximum taste for minimal time. So, you can see that cooking for the time challenged is me!

I am so happy that you have dropped by to visit.

With blessings,




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201 thoughts on “About

  1. blondieaka June 6, 2016 at 9:37 PM Reply

    Hi, pleased to meet a like minded lady ..I agree good food doesn’t have to take hours to prepare and make, a very inspirational blog πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Rebekahsansan May 29, 2016 at 8:21 PM Reply

    Hi dear! I love your blog and it is very inspiring to read about your story.
    I would like to nominate you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Hope you’ll pass the love on! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

  3. reocochran May 16, 2016 at 9:50 PM Reply

    I am sending you hugs, strength and caring wishes for your family and YOU! I have been in the past been a preschool teacher with an integrated classroom including 4 typically developing children and 8 who had special needs, both am and pm. I have not done this for 8 years. I believe you are a wonderful mother who amazes others. I can sense your true patience and love. Preparing special foods for all members in the family is a way to give them, now readers, too. ❀

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged May 16, 2016 at 9:58 PM Reply

      Thank you for your kind words of support. It came at a most uncanny moment. My daughter and I were meditating. This is the first time I was able to get her to join me. It is remarkable how even though the blogosphere, we are still all connected.πŸ™


  4. deborahcrocker May 10, 2016 at 8:58 PM Reply

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    Liked by 3 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged May 10, 2016 at 9:01 PM Reply

      I better post the last one you sent me! You will love it. I got really into it. My computer is critically ill right now, so it will have to wait until tomorrow. Thank you for thinking of me!πŸ’–

      Liked by 1 person

  5. wholerealfoodblog May 1, 2016 at 7:05 PM Reply

    I’m impressed that you do so much! Very inspirational!

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Allan G. Smorra April 11, 2016 at 10:23 AM Reply

    I found out about your blog over at Pan’s On the Road Cooking blog. I really like your recipes and will be following you from now on. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Rebekahsansan April 10, 2016 at 11:19 PM Reply

    This is such an inspiring blog Carol. I would like to read more of your posts, especially the fast recipes, I tend to take quite sometime to cook hehe! So I’m going to follow your page πŸ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Nadia April 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM Reply

    Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. I hope you enjoy reading about my recipes and travels as much as I enjoy sharing them. Welcome aboard.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Nadia April 5, 2016 at 9:14 AM Reply

    Carol, I just read about you and your blog. You certainly have a lot on your plate. I cannot wait to read your posts.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Nerissa Bauer April 2, 2016 at 10:50 PM Reply

    Carol, I just read about you and your blog and first of all…wow. You have a lot on your plate. I cannot wait to read your posts. I think your perspective is very unique and you have so much to offer so many different types of families. I love to cook too and am always on the look out for tasty recipes that can be done on weeknights.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged April 3, 2016 at 9:22 PM Reply

      Thank you for your kind words and support! Over the years, I have learned to accommodate many health and dietary challenges. The key to juggling well is: Pausing – Praying & Positive thinking. Thank you for visiting!


  11. PetersFoodAdventures March 27, 2016 at 12:57 PM Reply

    I’ve nominated you for the Infinite Dreams Blogger Award. I know they take a lot of time, so no pressure. Please feel free to check it out at http://petersfoodadventures.com/2015/09/24/awards/. Thanks! from PetersFoodAdventures.com

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 27, 2016 at 1:13 PM Reply

      Thank you Peter! I also appreciate your patience! I feel these awards are wonderful ways of building esprit de corps and acknowledging the wonderful work of our fellow bloggers.πŸ’žlooking forward!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Fallon Graham March 24, 2016 at 1:49 PM Reply

    That seems like a good problem to have. You have so many amazing recipes. Great blog. Thanks for sharing with us. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

  13. weebluemixer March 15, 2016 at 5:55 PM Reply

    Wow , you’ve got a lot of food needs to take into account when making your family food. Most people take for granted the family meal and food and just serve up anything. Although you are obviously doing really well as your blog contains fabulous recipes that I can’t wait to try them!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 15, 2016 at 6:18 PM Reply

      Thank you! We have many food and time challenges but I think our food is still heathy and tasty. I love your blog too! Great recipes!

      Liked by 1 person

      • weebluemixer March 15, 2016 at 6:33 PM

        Your recipes look so yummy, I will definitely be trying some of them. Thanks for popping over to my blog and for your lovely comment too. I’m still a bit of a newbie to blogging and cooking, but despite some kitchen disasters I’m really enjoying it and also writing about it too! I’ve found the blogging community to be really nice.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 15, 2016 at 6:38 PM

        The blogging community is so nice and supportive. I am always touched by their kindness and warmth.

        Liked by 1 person

  14. Karina Pinella March 12, 2016 at 11:54 AM Reply

    I wish you well in being able to cook healthy, but easy meals given the challenges you have. I understand how you feel although my situation is different from yours. Mine stems more from wanting to prevent long-term suffering and that’s why I go out of my way to cook or eat as healthy as I can. When I prepare meals for my own family, I too want to make sure they digest their food and actually get nourishment out of it. Thanks for the likes and follow. By the way, I wholeheartedly sympathize with you about working outside the home in addition to what you have to do at home. That’s my life as well.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 12, 2016 at 7:03 PM Reply

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments. If anything, my life has shown me that we are not in control of what happens to us, only how we respond to what happens to us. It can be challenging, but, I try to stay in the moment and look for the good.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Roxanne | The Lemon And Jar February 20, 2016 at 4:35 PM Reply

    You have a touching story, Carol! I love how you’ve used this in such a creative way to share your food with the world! Looking forward to more posts πŸ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

  16. thatssojacob February 13, 2016 at 2:20 AM Reply

    Hey there, just randomly found your blog! When you get a chance, come visit me at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, have a read, and follow me back if you like. Have a great day!

    Liked by 3 people

  17. deborahcrocker February 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM Reply

    I just nominated you for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Working on the post now. Look for it.

    Liked by 3 people

  18. jennymarie4 February 10, 2016 at 3:46 PM Reply

    Hi Carol! I nominated you for a three day quote challenge. No pressure to participate though! Have a great day, Jenny https://peacefrompanic.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/quote-challenge-day-three/

    Liked by 3 people

  19. Joann January 30, 2016 at 12:48 AM Reply

    Hi Carol,
    I have been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger award and am spreading the β€˜sunshine’ by nominating your blog as well. You have brought Sunshine to my day on many occasions simply by stopping by and liking or commenting on one of my posts. I hope you will accept this award and pass on the sunshine to those that have made your day.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. PetersFoodAdventures January 26, 2016 at 9:24 PM Reply

    I love that you pray while you cook! What a great idea, kill 2 birds with one stone with regards to time, plus get better tasting food! love it! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

  21. naavar63 January 23, 2016 at 8:42 PM Reply

    This helps a lot! Thank you for your blog!

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Susan January 21, 2016 at 9:32 PM Reply

    So happy you are writing this blog from the wisdom of your everyday life and the generosity of your heart,
    Thank you,

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Stephanae V. McCoy January 7, 2016 at 6:42 AM Reply

    Hi Carol, I came across your blog by a comment of mine you “liked” on Lynz’ blog. At any rate I’m so glad I did because I hate to cook but I’m trying to get healthier and the only way to do that is by eating better and exercise. I’ve been considering the Mediterranean diet for some time now but have yet to take the plunge. By reading your About and seeing what you’re up against with tight time constraints and special dietary needs, I could certainly learn a lot from you and am anxious to check out your blog. Thanks much ~Steph

    Liked by 3 people

  24. OrganicIsBeautiful January 2, 2016 at 10:54 PM Reply

    Just found your blog. Love it πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 3 people

  25. itsgoodtobecrazysometimes January 2, 2016 at 9:40 PM Reply

    HI Carol,

    Happy New Year, I have mentioned you in a post

    Liked by 3 people

  26. The Noble Aubergine January 1, 2016 at 10:33 PM Reply

    I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award because I’ve been enjoying reading your posts.
    Take a look at my post explaining how it works and please respond if you’d like to share the love.


    Liked by 2 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged January 2, 2016 at 8:13 PM Reply

      Thank you for your support! I didn’t realize that this went into my spam folder. I saw your great questions and I will try to answer them ASAP. Thank you again. I feel so honored.

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Parul Singhal December 28, 2015 at 3:06 AM Reply

    Recipe of aloo matar for u.
    Aloo Matar Masala-https://gharkepakwan.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/aloo-matar-masala/

    Liked by 2 people

  28. apuginthekitchen December 26, 2015 at 3:13 AM Reply

    So nice to meet you Carol, time challenged is the story of my life, Look forward to reading more,

    Liked by 2 people

  29. atkokosplace December 25, 2015 at 10:32 PM Reply

    I found your blog through Lynz! Glad I did and I am looking forward to reading your posts. Have a lovely day! Koko πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Parul Singhal December 16, 2015 at 12:09 AM Reply

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.Here is the link.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. jncthedc December 10, 2015 at 6:37 PM Reply

    Nice to see a person taking the time to fill a desperate need to teach healthy cooking options that are quick and flavorful. Just goes to prove healthy eating isn’t about adding garlic to cardboard tasting foods! Great job.

    Liked by 2 people

  32. itsgoodtobecrazysometimes December 3, 2015 at 7:32 PM Reply


    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, you don’t have to take part but if you want to, all the details are here:


    Liked by 2 people

  33. This Cake is Desi November 25, 2015 at 10:47 PM Reply

    You are so inspirational. I love how you are so positive.. I’m glad I found your blog.

    Liked by 3 people

  34. deborahcrocker November 25, 2015 at 1:54 PM Reply

    I need to pray when I cook too! Only it’s so I don’t burn it. Ha ha! Your praying comment compelled me to follow. Looking forward to your posts.

    Liked by 3 people

  35. koolaidmoms November 22, 2015 at 5:11 PM Reply

    Wonderful blog! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I know you have done this in the past but hope you will join in.

    Liked by 3 people

  36. thehealthyfoodblogger November 20, 2015 at 9:23 PM Reply

    I am always amazed that people who have full plates seem to accomplish so much more than people who don’t. God bless you and good luck!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged November 21, 2015 at 10:51 PM Reply

      Thank you for your kind words of support! Really, this is my attempt to organize myself. Food bloggers are so friendly that it has turned out to be way more fun than I expected!


  37. Evgenia October 23, 2015 at 5:53 PM Reply

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. You can find details here- https://theannetteroom.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/versatile-blogger/.
    There’s no pressure to accept this nomination but it is my way of thanking you for sharing such an awesome blog.
    Evgenia xx

    Liked by 1 person

  38. anchorkeidi October 14, 2015 at 7:48 PM Reply

    Food tastes absolutely better when cooked with love and prayers. I totally believe that! Please how can I contact you personally?

    Liked by 3 people

  39. Lady CAS October 13, 2015 at 12:45 PM Reply

    I am enjoying your blog! Thank you for stopping by mine!

    Liked by 3 people

  40. Sheryl October 8, 2015 at 10:53 AM Reply

    I look forward to exploring your blog. You have so much expertise at figuring out how to create delicious foods that meet the needs of individuals with diet limitations..

    Liked by 3 people

  41. CHCooks September 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM Reply

    I am so glad I landed on your blog. You are an amazing person! You have a lovely blog.

    Liked by 3 people

  42. itsgoodtobecrazysometimes August 29, 2015 at 8:18 PM Reply

    Hi I have nominated you for the blogger recognition award you can find all about here https://itsgoodtobecrazysometimes.wordpress.com/…/blogger-…/ Feel free to accept it or not, it’s up to you. Just a sign of my appreciation.

    Liked by 1 person

  43. Laura P. Schulman, MD, MA August 25, 2015 at 3:23 PM Reply

    Oh yay! So glad to have found you!

    Liked by 2 people

  44. Evgenia August 21, 2015 at 2:41 PM Reply

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please see nomination here – https://theannetteroom.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/the-liebster-award-thank-you/.
    There’s no pressure to accept this award, but it is my way of thanking you for creating such lovely and inspiring blog.
    Thank you,

    Liked by 2 people

  45. itsgoodtobecrazysometimes August 16, 2015 at 10:21 PM Reply


    I am back to say thank you so much for the follow

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Lauren August 13, 2015 at 12:04 AM Reply

    Aww, cooking with LOVE! I do that too. I believe that people can tell when something is made with love.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged August 13, 2015 at 12:06 AM Reply

      Yes! I believe our thoughts and feelings affect the taste of the food. Everything tastes better when it is cooked with love!


  47. deliciouslynell August 5, 2015 at 5:16 AM Reply

    Hi there, I’ve nominated you for the sisterhood of the world blogger award. Acceptance is purely optional, but if you’re interested please visit this link to see how to respond. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  48. Osyth July 29, 2015 at 5:41 PM Reply

    Wow! That introduction stopped me in my tracks. And then I started to sniff around your blog and you have some fantastic recipes. All I can say is what a fabulous blog!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 29, 2015 at 5:54 PM Reply

      Thank you for your kind words! This food blog has turned into being way more fun than I expected. Food bloggers are so friendly and supportive. I am learning a lot.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Osyth July 29, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        Oh, easy to say when it’s true! Thank you so much for following my blog – I will try not to let you down! Keep those recipes coming (when you have time!!)

        Liked by 1 person

      • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 29, 2015 at 6:41 PM

        It is funny, it does take time, which is somewhat ironic, but it has rejuvenated my joy of cooking and it is so much fun! Who would have thought?

        Liked by 2 people

      • Osyth July 29, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        Joy is the thing – to be nurtured like the most precious flower when we find it πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  49. Lynz Real Cooking July 23, 2015 at 2:37 PM Reply

    Very amazing person and blog! I am really inspired by your love and ideas!

    Liked by 3 people

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