1. Placing ourselves on a tight budget this year leaves little resources to spend on my old ways (eating out, shopping, etc.). This has forced me to enjoy the mundane and necessary things in life...and find contentment and joy in them. Food is one of those things that I've had to find a new joy in.
2. Since I "can't" eat out any more, I survived a few weeks on rudimentary cooking and the bare minimum of food prep (think frozen food). However, after awhile that got really old and I decided to devote myself to preparing more high quality food that I may actually enjoy.
3. I found a couple of youtube channels/bloggers that I was inspired by, and found that I could trust. Thanks Chef Buck, for ALL your recipes. I've made 10 of his recipes so far, and all have been really easy and delicious. I really appreciate that he is budget-conscious too, so I'm not stressed out trying to shop for obscure/pricey ingredients for his dishes. He's by far the best "cooking inspiration" I've found. His stuff really resonates with me. Also, I've made Lily Pebbles' brookies 3 times in the past month...they are the best. The measurements are in metric, but someone in the comments section converted them to customary for us US folk.
4. Making "compartmentalized" grocery lists really helps the weekly grocery store trips less migraine-inducing. I'm actually kind of OCD about my grocery lists....whether I'm using pen and paper, or my list app called "List Ease". I like to order my lists in the way that I'd be walking through the store.
6. Just doing it...not over thinking it. I used to obsess over the recipes and wonder what the hell "golden brown" was supposed to mean. Just try to trust yourself and cook your ingredients to where they look appetizing to you. If something doesn't turn out right the first time, you'll know for next time. And keep building on the knowledge through practice.
Here are some things I've made during January....
|brookies, buttermilk biscuits, thai quinoa, margherita pizza, stuffed "fancy pants" frech toast|
|pesto and pesto pasta, vegetarian chili (approved my my meat-eater husband), indian style deviled eggs, spicy hummus|