Everyday inspiration: Cook a meal from scratch

Jun 5, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. ET

It's not always easy to make a home-cooked meal from scratch, but with a little preparation, it can be done. We asked three women to rise to the challenge.

Woman chopping vegetables | Sheknows.com

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Patrice cooking | Sheknows.com

Patrice: Two of my nieces, Citrus and Jewel, came to visit me in Philly this weekend, so the timing of this challenge was perfect. My 16-year-old niece Citrus loves to cook and I let her choose the menu. She picked chicken breast with a honey, lemon and balsamic vinaigrette marinade, red bliss mashed potatoes, and spinach with garlic, lemon and Parmesan cheese. It was easy to make, healthy and delicious. The best part of this challenge: cooking with and for the ones you love. Is there any greater way to show love?

Spaghetti | Sheknows.com

Chaton: I signed up to complete a series of challenges during my maternity to stretch myself. I thought it might be nice to have something to do beyond taking care of my children and housework. After I committed, I was told by my doctor to stay off of my feet because of overexertion. Still, I wanted to comply with the spirit of the challenge, so I got creative. I coached my sister through preparing spaghetti, which we ate for dinner on Saturday night. In some ways, it proved to be better than making dinner all by myself, because we bonded and we could both take pride in a job well done.

Danielle Sheypuk cooking | Sheknows.com

Danielle: I loved this challenge because it illustrates how people with disabilities can enjoy cooking no matter what your disability or how small your kitchen is. As a true Manhattanite, I have a kitchen that I can barely get my wheelchair into, I frequently eat out socially and I use some of my kitchen cabinets as storage. However, I took this SheKnows challenge head-on and managed to cook a great meal of Cajun catfish and an asparagus pasta salad. I was able to chop and season what I could and, with the help of my home attendant, boiled the pasta and broiled the fish, working collaboratively side by side. The best part is that it's a healthy meal too, which is important for people with physical disabilities as it is not always easy to exercise.

Our Everyday Inspiration series wants to inspire you with small ways to improve your life. We've asked 20 women to take on a variety of small challenges and share their results. See all of our Everyday Inspiration challenges here, and meet the women here.