Post by applecrisp1 on Jan 1, 2018 17:35:31 GMT -5
Do you have any food/cooking things you want to try/do in the new year? It could be finally trying kale, making Julia Child's beef bourguignon, using a new (or old) cooking tool/gadget more, using your cookbooks/favorite places to get recipes more etc.
Off the top of my head...
Menu plan more (it save me time/money/and reduces the amount of "what am I going to eat" at the end of the day). And combined with, be better taking into account what I already have on hand when food shopping.
Add more variety to what I eat. At times getting a bit boring relying on some of my go to foods. My breakfasts beyond a snooze fest.
Eat less added sugar. I think this is my NUMBER ONE food goal!
Adapt recipes if I want to use up an ingredient/don't put off trying a new recipe if I don't have all the ingredients and/or don't want to buy the ingredient (I do that, but need to try do it more since I know I would be able to have different meals and less of the same old thing).
Use some of my cookbooks/favorite websites more and focus on those favorites sources rather than getting caught up in the web of recipe choices. In fact just deleted a slew of blog/sites from my computer.
Continue to stock the freezer with quick meals.
Drink more water.
Place even more focus that bulk of my meal is from veggies (up the veggie, reduce the wh wheat pasta/br rice/beans/chicken).
Continue to eat a clean/whole foods/Mediterranean focused diet -- and cut back on the junk/processed food that "sneaks" in at times.
I usually do not make New year's resolutions etc.... but if I had to come up with something I might try to do in 2018 with regards to cooking/eating, it would be:
Drink more water esp. at meal time and less sugar (real or fake which I only use in beverages anyway but still....)
Try to use up meals in the freezer in a more timely manner-I always end up with so much in there since I love to cook. That was never much of an issue in the past with 3 kids at home, but now that they are all in college, I have to work on scaling back the cooking/freezing. I am doing better but could still improve. It does not help that I have 2 full fridges/freezers upstairs and 2 upright freezers in the basement! So much room to fill!!!!
I used to do it all the time. But when I was more diligent, we were living rurally where I would make a trip to the city once a week in a big grocery run so I had to plan or pay the exorbitant prices at the small town grocer.
Urban living has spoiled me. And it wouldn't really be a big deal except that the grocery budget is pretty out of whack PLUS it is way too easy to not think about dinner and just "swing by Costco" or any other hundreds of options I have local to me. When I do the cooking I know what we are eating and we're much healthier when that is happening. We seem to have been cycling the same cold through the family for months now and I'm tired of it.
Other than that, I have been really enjoying our Christmas break this year as I've been cooking every day and loving it. I would love to challenge myself to learn a new technique this year! Just last weekend I bought a flank steak and butter basted it on the stove. I'd never butter basted a steak as it cooked and it was SO good!
I love the thought that I should utilize my cookbook shelf more often instead of turning to The Great Google or Allrecipes.
Here my shelf sits, and I've even added a few new titles in 2017. I should really use it or it's simply another shelf taking up very valuable space in my tiny home.
Merry: I don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip. Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Post by applecrisp1 on Jan 4, 2018 14:01:26 GMT -5
mrswaz --- What a great collection! I think you might have your own "The Great Google" right there. Ha.
I am on a "get rid of the clutter/things I don't use" kick and I really should donate (or sell, but I don't think there is any interest in those) a few of the cookbooks I never use. It is interesting to see how my taste in cookbooks have changed over the years. I would guess I have at most 30 cookbooks (and a few ebooks) so my collection is far from big.