When Matthew and I first got married, I set a resolution to try new foods. I don't remember the specifics, but I remember trying more foods than I ever had. I am a very picky eater, so this was a big deal.
This year, I've decided to do a 2.0 version of that resolution and have committed to making 40 new recipes in 2020. This is an offshoot of my #readyourbooks challenge because I have a shelf of cookbooks that I never use.
My hope is that this resolution will push me to use those recipe books. I will be sharing what I make throughout the year on my Instagram accounts, so follow me on @JessicaNTurner and @booksnobbery to see what I am cooking and baking.
What Cookbooks I'll Use
Here are some of the cookbooks I will be cooking from. All links are Amazon affiliate links.
Whole30: Though I am not doing Whole30, we have loved many of the recipes in this cookbook.
Magnolia Table: This is one of my most-used cookbooks, though I only have made a few recipes from it. We love them all, so time to make some more.
Upscale Downhome: I've only made one recipe from this cookbook by Rachel Hollis, but I loved it.
Pioneer Woman Cooks: Several of the recipes in here are some of our family's favorites. It's time to make more!
Danielle Walker's Eat What You Love
Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: According to Amazon, I bought this in 2012 and have never made one recipe from it
Weeknights with Giada: Likewise, I also bought this in 2012 and haven't made anything from it!
Plan to Stay on Track
I plan to meal plan on weekends and decide what I will make in the week ahead. Matthew does the bulk of the cooking during the week, so I expect that I will make many of these on weekends. I am on track, having made three new recipes since the start of the year.
Our family tends to do better when we do grocery shopping once a week and make a menu plan. If we don't menu plan, we tend to default to less healthy options like pasta and pizza.
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Do you make a lot of new recipes? What are recipes you love?