Healthy Cooking Challenge
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I just joined the Official Healthy Cooking Challenge. I think it will help me branch out more with my food choices and find some new favorites. One of the tasks for the first week was to clean and organize your kitchen. Well yesterday I did this in an all-day cleaning marathon. I inventoried the freezer and fridge. I arranged the freezer into sections for fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, frozen yogurt (in the door), and other items. Already it is easier to find what I'm looking for. I also set aside the stuff that I used to enjoy eating, but now don't want to eat because they are pretty unhealthy. I gave those all to my dad. LOL I organized the pantry so that only the food I will actually eat is in the top 2 shelves. The rest can be used by my mom or dad when they visit. I organized the canned goods, drink mixes, snacks, and other items and made them convenient to grab and go. The spice and baking cupboards got a makeover so that everything looks neat and orderly and the things I use most often are at the bottom so I can reach them. I moved all the cookbooks from the cabinet above the oven, where no one can reach, to the corner cupboard. All the cookbooks look neat and organized so I can find what I'm looking for quickly. All the changes will make it a little difficult to get used to, but I think this will make it easier to find food I want and make it easier to figure out what I need from the grocery store.
My goals for the first week are:
1. Pack 1-2 healthy meals and 3-4 healthy snacks per week.
2. Try at least 1 new recipe per week.
3. Makeover at least 1 recipe per week.
4. Try at least 1 new healthy food (fruit/vegetable/grain) per week.
I am addicted to waffles with whipped cream and strawberries for breakfast, and I'm tired of trying to find healthy waffles at the stores (3 of the stores I frequently shop at do not have any that are even close to whole grain). I also wanted to add things like flaxseed so that they are healthier and maybe lower in calories. I bought a heart-shaped waffle maker at Walmart (for $15!) and now I needed to find a recipe. After a lot of searching, I finally found one similar to what I wanted. I tweaked it (as usual) so that I could get in the ingredients I wanted: whole wheat flour; flaxseed meal; applesauce and olive oil instead of butter, margarine, or shortening; skim milk; etc. So technically that fulfilled two goals: making a new recipe and making over a recipe. :P They were so yummy with the whipped cream and strawberries and only 40 calories each!! I made 37, ate 6 (haha), and froze the rest so I can easily reheat them in the mornings.
Another goal is from my New Year's resolution, which I am not doing so well on. Well at least the blogging part. So I'm determined to try a new food once a week. I have a few to blog still: leeks, starfruit, kumquats, plantains, and fennel. Hopefully this challenge will kick me into gear for this particular goal!