Hi wonderful readers! I hope you're having a fabulous 2014 so far. I was happy to bid adieu to 2013, and I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be a fantastic year.
I've thought long and hard about the ways that I want to better myself in the coming months. I wouldn't necessarily call it a New Year's resolution, since I constantly strive for self-improvement, but rather action plans on becoming a better me for 2014 and beyond.
It probably doesn't surprise you to know that my main goal focuses on being in the kitchen. I cook a fair amount because it's healthier and I really enjoy the process of preparing food for myself and my family. But, recently, I had been in a rut. It felt like I was cooking the same dishes over and over, and I was bored.
Here's the thing: I own dozens of cookbooks. I had just gotten lazy. Instead of going through those books to discover ways of cooking, I was resting on a handful of go-to recipes. Well, no more! This year, I'm cracking open cookbooks to plan my meals and shopping lists every week. I want to try at least five new recipes every month, and I want to make sure that I'm cooking and eating well. I think this help me be healthier and happier.
One of the first meals I cooked this year came from the Southern Vegetarian Cookbook (by Justin Fox Burks, Amy Lawrence) - sweet potato grits with maple mushrooms and a fried egg. There were several components, but if you roast off your sweet potato ahead of time, the whole thing comes together in less than 30 minutes. It was sweet, savory, delicious and perfect for weekend brunch or a Meatless Monday dinner entree.
You can find the recipe on Justin and Amy's blog, the Chubby Vegetarian.
I know this about a month behind schedule, but I hope you have a wonderful, safe and healthy 2014.