I decided to cook my way through a cookbook after realizing I have a dozen or so cookbooks and don't cook nearly enough.
I picked Real Simple- easy, delicioius meals.
) You don't need to buy the book, most recipes are online or the library might have the book.
My idea is just to cook everything in the book. I need to cook more, this book comes with pictures, the ingredients are easy to find, so far I've enjoyed everything I made out of the cookbook.
Does anyone else want to join me?
My motivation: I don't cook dinner often enough. I want family dinners to happen in our home and that requires cooking. We order take-out or have cereal or make pasta and sauce for dinner . Those are not good habits for us or for our son. I don't mind cooking but I can be really indecisive about deciding what to cook or I can get too elaborate and overwhelmed. So by limiting myself to one cookbook I am making it easier on myself.
Grocery shopping is something we do but we do it without a plan so we end up with food but not a meal and end up wasting too much food. I think I am better off running to the grocery store a couple times a week and picking up a few things off my list and having a set meal plan for the next couple days than doing a big grocery shopping trip and not using the food and ordering take-out. I know some of you are great at keeping a budget and meal planning, but I am lacking in that area.
So I cleaned out my fridge and I am sticking to a list and a plan until I make it through the book.
I started on July 22, 2010
Day 1: golden chicken with tomatoes and olives (also made a lemon zucchini cous-cous side from Jaime Oliver)
Day 2: parmesan twists, skirt steak with lemon and chili-roasted potatoes (also made a blueberry pie)
Day 3: beef cocktail sandwiches with parsley butter
Day 4: spaghetti with bacon and eggs
Day 5: Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza (ok there was a gap there, we were away for a long weekend and last week my dad was painting our dining room/kitchen and last night we were over a friend's house for dinner).
Day 6: Spinach Salad with warm onions and crispy salami