So, I'm happy to report that I've completed my first full week of "cooking through my recipe box" and I've made 17 recipes so far!! I'm really happy with my progress. I didn't expect to make so many in one week. Plus, as an added bonus, by shopping sales
and using things I already had in my pantry/freezer, I only spent $16 on a week's worth of meals. Yay!
Still, cooking full meals night after night can become a bit tiring, especially after a long night of work. To combat this, I rely on a few freezer meals that I've prepped ahead of time. This way all I have to do is pop something in the oven and let it cook.
This is really convenient for those days I just want to come home and eat quickly.
Although only week two, this week is going to be a bit of a challenge for me. For some reason I haven't been sleeping well lately. I haven't changed anything, no new medications, no new day-to-day activities. I just can't seem to fall asleep and when I do,
I wake up every hour. It's making me really groggy, which in turn makes me not really want to cook at the end of the day. I'm doing the best I can to stick with this though. I don't want to give up. I might just be picking out a few quicker and easier meals
I've also been working on cleaning up my recipe box a bit. I started with almost 400 recipes. I know this isn't as many as some, but looking through it I realized it was more than I needed. When I began, I planned on making everything I had saved. One of
the first recipes on my list was a vanilla cheesecake. Now, I love cheesecake. The recipe sounded really tasty. I even went out and bought all of the ingredients. Then I started thinking about it. Does my family really need an entire cheesecake? We're not
great at monitoring our portion sizes, and only two people in the house like cheesecake anyway. Since we're all trying to eat healthier, I decided making an entire cheesecake right now probably isn't the best choice. I immediately deleted the recipe and made
a healthier dessert instead.
Does that mean I'll never make cheesecake or anything else indulgent? Of course not. It means I'd like to be a little farther along in a healthy lifestyle before making something so tempting. I've been sorting though my recipes and deleting ones that I deem
unnecessary. I still have plenty of dessert recipes saved, but I don't need 100+. I can easily see myself using it as an excuse to make a million desserts, saying I'm just working my way through my recipe box, and ending up with far more tasty-and unhealthy-treats
than I need right now.
I'm hoping week two of my project goes as well as week one, and I hope to still be going strong when I finish the last item in my recipe box!