Happy New Year!
One of my food goals for the new year is to take my cooking and meal prep to another level. I'm a decent cook, sometimes a really good one, but of late my efforts have been less than perfect.
Too many times we've gathered round the supper table to find the veggies either too soggy or too crisp, the entree from the oven a tad overdone, and the salad that could hardly be called a salad because its only ingredient was lettuce. (To me a real salad has all sorts of veggies, nuts, grains and fruits included.)
Why this slide into what has become second-rate dinner fare? In a word -- multi-tasking!
Too often I've been trying to fit too many things into my afternoons, which means I've had to squeeze what should be considered a non-negotiable into my work day as if supper was a temporary, one time, surprise. Duh!
Meals -- and meal prep -- are not negotiable! We eat every day. So we need to make room and plan time for all the tasks required to get a delicious meal on the table.
Everything from menu-planning, shopping, putting away the food in pantries and freezers, to actually chopping the onions, etc.
For me, meal prep has to become a more important part of my day's plan. Squeezing it in like an unwanted visitor is no longer an option.
I want to be more 'present' to the task of taking care of my family's bodies, in this case, cooking meals that are nutritious, as well as a joy to eat.
It's all part of making our lives in the kitchen happier and more beautiful!