100 Recipe Project

The 100 Recipe Project

Ten Weeks. Ten New Recipes Per Week. 

Wait. What? 

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:

  1. I was excited to start making new recipes
  2. I missed having a kitchen (no offence to my Airbnb’s, but it’s just not the same)
  3. 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?

The Project

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.

Because.

Real Life. 

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.