Sunday, July 31, 2011

Let's Get This Party Started

A few months ago, I was scouring my oodles of recipes, trying to decide what to cook for dinner. And I came across a Cooking Light cookbook that I have never opened. That's when I had my mini-epiphany:
Instead of cooking the same things over and over, why not try to prepare a different recipe each night for one full year?

Soon after, I had my second "aha moment" (thanks Oprah): Why not blog about it?

And thus, "My Great Big Recipe Challenge" was born.

A little bit of background:
  • I work full-time, and typically cook for my husband and 8-year-old son five nights a week (Sunday - Thursday), give or take a day or so depending on schedules. The baby sticks to pureed food.
  • I try to cook healthy and clean (i.e., not a lot of processed foods) as much as possible. Not necessarily organic, just healthy.
  • My husband is not a fan of most fruits and veggies.
  • I am not a chef or particularly creative in the kitchen. But I can follow a recipe without burning the house down.
And here's how "My Great Big Recipe Challenge" will work:
  • For every night I cook, I will prepare a different recipe.
  • I will document the recipe and source, my edits and my family's reaction on the blog.
  • The no-repeat policy also includes all parties, holidays, etc.
Here's what "My GBRC" ISN'T:
  • I am not attempting to change the way we eat. Will we try new things? Of course. Am I going to serve my non-veggie-eating-hubby a plate of broccoli and call it a day? No.
  • I am not trying to cook 365 days in a row. Schedules and life make this impossible. I am instead going to continue to cook our family meals as always, just with new recipes each time.
  • Will I make recipes I've made in the past? Sure. I just won't make them again for the rest of the year.
So, there you have it. My GBRC starts August 1, 2011 - see you tomorrow!


  1. I take offense to the "not a fan of most fruits & veggies." I eat bananas, apples, cucumbers, carrots, asparagus, potatoes, corn, green beans, etc... Just because I think broccoli tastes like bung doesn't make me Mr. Meat & Potatoes! Can't wait to go on this eating journey!

  2. you are amazing for taking on this challenge! can't wait to read all about your journey (and snag some yummy recipes along the way!!)

  3. so excited you're doing this! amazing! and i need some more healthy recipes in my life so i'm counting on you :)

  4. Healthy foods? New recipes? Adventure indeed!
    This sounds like a tough challenge.

    Who doesn't like my pants.


  5. Since you normally make way to much and I get most of the leftovers, i also look forward to trying all the new healthy recipes