I’m tired of being tired. Of spending money on junk and eating junk and not feeling nourished. And by junk, I do mean organic granola bars. For so long I’ve wanted to do things like bake my own bread, make my own yogurt, make my own chicken stock. But I don’t.
Why don’t I do the things I want to do? Because, my kitchen is tiny, my oven is touchy, I’m to tired, it takes too much time. I’ve fed myself so many excuses over the years. But I’m done making excuses. So many times I’ve tried to prepare basic foods, like rice or quinoa. But I couldn’t get it right, so I just gave up. After one attempt.
The other day I did something revolutionary for me. I tried to make rice again. I figured out what I had been doing wrong and I did it right. It turned out perfect. And I realized something. I’m a quitter.
In school everything except for math came easy for me. I never had to try hard or study hard because if the teacher explained it and it made sense in my mind. I would just know it. In math class I felt like I was drowning much of the time. But I still didn’t really try. I just stumbled along and got Cs.
I don’t want to be a quitter anymore. I want to be a overcomer. I want to be able to bake a loaf of bread, whip up a batch of yogurt, cook some rice… without thinking about it. I want to perfect these simple skills because, once that’s done, the dinner possibilities are endless.
So here is the plan, for the next month we are not going to buy anything but real ingredients. No granola bars, no chips, no store made bread. (Can you tell I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person yet?) Once a week we (Robert and I) will have preparation day. We will make enough bread, granola bars, energy bars, yogurt and chicken stock for the week. Other things will be optional, cookies, sausage breakfast muffins, sorbet, hard-boiled eggs.
We are going to Costco tomorrow (March 11) where we will buy only real stuff. Whatever we currently have will be phased out over time. I will take pictures or videos every week to show you what our food status is. Stay tuned for updates!
So we did it! Buying real ingredients pleasantly surprised us by being cheaper that our typical Costco trip.
I was busy Saturday and Sunday:
- I made bread for the first time since highschool. It turned out lovely! It was so much quicker and easier than I had anticipated. I made the mistake of letting it rise the second time in a bowl instead of in bread pans. It ended up being a little flat because of the third rise, but it tastes good!
- I whipped up a batch of 3 ingredient energy bars. Just almonds, dates and craisens in my moms food processor.
- Also, I baked a whole organic chicken in the crock pot.
- As for yogurt and broth I planned on making those monday but baby and I got sick.
Monday, I made pizza dough from scratch for the first time ever. It was amazing! Just 5 ingredients, no yeast. Quick and easy!
So far its been fun and liberating making things that taste good. I’ve gained a lot of confidence already!
Top: My homemade bread and power bars. Bottom: All our food before the challenge 🙂