Ten Weeks. Ten New Recipes Per Week.
When I was travelling in New Zealand recently, I would never walk past a book store without stopping for a visit. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter what country I’m in, I cannot resist a bookstore. But, in this case, I was drawn to the cookbook section so I could see all the books they don’t have in North America.
I was intrigued by the different types of recipes and some of the differences in names – it took me a couple of days to figure out “kumara” was referring to sweet potatoes.
Seeing all these cookbooks make me realize a few things:
- I was excited to start making new recipes
- I missed having a kitchen (no offence to my Airbnb’s, but it’s just not the same)
- I have hundreds of recipes at home I’ve never tried
I also reflected on what I have learned about myself:
- I do better with meal plans
- I like following recipes – not really a freestyle cook
- I’m an obliger – I do well with outer accountability
- I’m an enthusiast (enneagram 7) – I get excited about new projects and ideas
So, I came up with a new project that involves me planning meals and making new recipes, and I would make it public to stay accountable and make sure I stick with it.
How’s that for working with your tendencies instead of against them?
For the next 10 weeks, I will be making 10 new recipes and sharing about my experience.
My focus is on using real, whole nutrient-dense food. The recipes will be a mix of main dishes, sides, snacks, etc. I also plan to highlight one recipe developer/author each week and share why I chose their recipes.
I also plan to share the good, the bad and the ugly of doing a project like this.
It’s going to be challenging, especially because I am currently working full-time and starting my nutrition practice part-time. It means I’m not home Monday and Wednesday evenings and most Saturdays.
Some might consider this project poorly timed, but I would argue it’s the perfect time. For me.
If I don’t incorporate meal planning and outer accountability, I’m likely to end up eating on the go or scrambling to find something to eat. When I don’t plan and prepare on the weekend, it doesn’t matter how good my intentions are, I just don’t eat as well during the week.
And, more than ever, I need to nourishment to support my body, my energy and my mental health.
In other words, now is the perfect time for this project.
And, I hope you will come along for the ride and see how it goes.