I am an avid reader of The Kitchn and when I saw this on Monday; it felt like it was calling my name. First, I love a challenge. Second, I am always looking to shake things up in the meal department. Every now and then I just get in a funk, ya know. This challenge seems like it is a lot of reflection and trying to figure out what you really want out of your meals/food life. It is designed to help you cook meals, every day, at home.
This whole thing is a 4 week Cure and The Kitchn provides you with 20 assignments, one each day of the (work) week, and they are each designed to break you out of your cooking rut and guide you into new meals and happier cooking. I want to try and share my journey and maybe inspire some of our readers to cook more meals at home too. Because, really, things are better when you make them. You can join in here!
Ok, here we go...
Day 1: Make a list of everything you ate last week for breakfast.
I looked back at my calendar so I could try and remember everything and this is what I got:
- Sunday, Feb 23rd: We were in Tahoe and ate at a cafe on the way home. I had a veggie scramble with wheat toast and home fries.
- Monday, Feb 24th: Oats with banana and peanut butter
- Tuesday, Feb 25th: Breakfast Qunioa with banana and coconut
- Wednesday, Feb 26th: Overnight Oats (a greek yogurt, oats, and orange mixture)
- Thursday, Feb 27th: Breakfast Qunioa
- Friday, Feb 28th: Breakfast Qunioa - kinda digging it right now (sharing the recipe soon!)
- Saturday, March 1st: Scrambled eggs, a pear, and toast
- Sunday, March 2nd: Oats with banana.
- Monday, March 3rd: Granola with greek yogurt and blueberries
I'm not supposed to analyze anything at this point...but I am sensing a pattern for oats.
Day 2: Ask yourself three questions about your breakfast habits.
1: What am I tired of eating for breakfast? Seriously, I love oats. A warm bowl of oatmeal brings me such comfort in the morning, but it can feel so boring sometimes. It is an easy breakfast for me, so it is usually my default. It fills me up until lunch and it generally tastes good. But, like I said, its not very exciting.
2: What do I love eating? Well, if I am being honest, I love waffles and bacon. If I can have those every day, I think I'd be happy. My second, more realistic/sensible favorite is eggs. Made every way possible. I love them!
3: What would I like to eat more often? Doughnuts. Every day. Again, being realistic and a non-fatty, I'd love to make more smoothies in the morning. I am always afraid I'll be hungry in an hour, so I often just go for the carbs. Honestly, last week I bought stuff specifically with the intent to smoothie them, I ended up eating all the ingredients separately as snacks (or salads in the green smoothie case). Whoops.
The next part of Day 2's assignments is a goal setting...yipee!
1: Set 3 goals for next month (in regards to breakfasts). Ok...done.
2: Share those goals. I can do that... First, I'd like to make more smoothies, so I am going to try and make 1 smoothie a week next month. Second, eggs are my favorite, I want to eat more of them. I am going to try and have 2 meals a week that include eggs for breakfast. Actually, I really want to work on poaching eggs. I am going to do that too. Third, since I am finding my oatmeal and little bland, I am going to try 3 different variations of my default breakfast.
Bam! Days 1 and 2. Done!
That was fun! Stay tuned for more and if you have a favorite breakfast idea, please share. I'd love some inspiration.