I love to cook. I love to be in the kitchen. When planning travel, the first thing I do is restaurant research. I also really love grocery stores and farmer's markets. When I am eating breakfast, I am often thinking about lunch.
I grew up with simple cooking. My parents both worked, and therefore prepared quick, easy, and inexpensive meals of an animal protein, with a side of corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, or carrots. Blue-box macaroni and cheese and other shortcuts and convenience foods were common. I am blessed for mostly homemade meals, but as I grew up, and moved out, I was exposed to many new foods, textures, flavors, and cuisines.
Cooking makes me feel alive and connected. It lets me know exactly what is (and isn't) going into the food I am choosing to nourish and fuel myself, and my loved ones. I am aware of the power of food to be either our panacea or our poison. Cooking allows me to be in control of what fuels my thoughts, emotions, and workouts.
Here's the clincher. What I do in the kitchen isn't fancy. I usually eat out of a bowl. Most of my dishes are "One-Pot Wonders" as I affectionately call them. I use my hand or my eyes to measure. I learn by tasting and trying.
I hope these recipes encourage you to cook, and get you excited about grocery shopping. I hope these are just the inspiration you need to get of the couch and in the kitchen. Fun music helps too.
Contact me if you would like more support with grocery shopping or meal preparation.