One of the things I’ve had to come to terms with as an adult is my lack of cooking creativity in the kitchen. I don’t have that gene. I’m a recipe follower. I’m a cookbook collector. I used to have a slight magazine addiction, but then the clutter drove me so batty, I eliminated most of my magazine subscriptions. Even the food ones. But I digress…
Options for those Less Creatively Inclined
I can spend hours procrastinating while perusing recipes. Some I’ll actually try, others will sit with a sticky tag for years. Years. I have more than a lifetime of good intentions when it comes to cooking, but my track record is much spottier. I cook out of necessity sometimes, just to get food on the table.
I’ve looked at some of the meal delivery services such as Home Fresh and Blue Apron. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet, partially because summer is upon us and, sports are wrapping up for the season. I’m not so constrained by time, just by the oppressive valley heat. I’m not grilling in 105 degree temperatures. With no pool to jump into to escape the heat, I’m not going to even bother stepping outside to cook. I’ll make a salad instead.
Because of my lack of creativity in the kitchen, I post very few if any recipes on my site. Honestly, I will start posting OTHER PEOPLE’S recipes and acknowledging them appropriately! I have some fantastic websites I visit regularly, recipes I’ve tried that have become staples in my repertoire. Rest assured, less than one percent are my own creation.
The Point of My Diatribe
Why am I posting this long winded diatribe about my lacking skills? To show that one does not need finesse and culinary mastery to be healthy. So many people have incredible talent in the kitchen and are more than willing to share their recipes and ideas covering every conceivable cuisine for other people to enjoy. Finding recipes to fit your dietary restrictions and budget are at your fingertips. In all honesty, it costs no money to find a healthy way to eat. No need for cookbooks or magazines. If you really want to stock your personal library with a couple of cookbooks, the library is a great place to start. Check out a few, try some recipes and see if it is worth spending the money for the book. Look at thrift shops and goodwill for inexpensive cookbooks. Garage sales are another fantastic option to snagging some books.
If having cookbooks aren’t your thing, the internet is your best friend. Create a desktop folder and save recipes to a folder. Bookmark some of sites that you find yourself returning to time and time again. Building a library of go to recipes is important, but it doesn’t have to cost money. More importantly, you don’t have to develop the ideas yourself if that’s not your thing! If it is, more power to you, I wish I had your ability.
Eating healthy takes a bit of planning but knowing you don’t have to do everything yourself can make the process less daunting, allowing more time for other things.