Conquering Cooking

It’s no secret that I’m not the best chef in all the land. I go in waves of cooking, trying new things and back to “wanna just go out to eat?” for weeks at a time. When I do cook, it’s important to me that the food not only tastes good but looks like the picture if I use a recipe.

For the month of September, I used a couple guinea-pig weeks and tried shopping via recipe ingredients rather than just buying a bunch of Chicken breasts, veggies and fruits with the “i’ll figure out what to make later” approach to see if I’d save money and not waste as much fresh food.

My findings were that I definitely cooked what I had and used what I bought, however, I’m sure I could have done way better saving money. When I’m actually IN the store, I tend to get overwhelmed looking for best-price and just end up sticking with what I know. (I still think I have PTSD from when packages of hot dogs were buy one get one free and I only bought the one. The husband gave me so much shit for this, but I stick firmly to the fact that we only needed one package for the two of us!)

My favorite recipes were:

Unstuffed Cabbage” by Jamie Callahan at Adventures of a Shrinking Princess –  My friend, Farrah recommended this one. It was easy to make (read: I wasn’t able to fk it up! Yay!) and it lasted me the entire week for lunch/dinner and then some. I really expected this to be completely bland. It wasn’t and I can’t wait to make it again.

Chicken & Noodle Caprese” by GINA at  – Any Chicken Caprese dish has become a favorite in our house. I’ve been trying different variations. With this particular recipe, I used Rotini noodles instead of Zucchini noodles (Zoodles) because I still can’t get into Zucchini.

I have a long way to go to get picture perfect but it’s been fun cooking for him and learning along the way. Can’t beat that for someone who loves to eat.  Also, I should have my husband practice taking food photo’s for me. He just took a few photography classes for his job promotion. I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to do that for me… #crickets

If anyone tries the recipes, be sure to tweet me @thatsVeryKari and let me know what you think!