Throughout this challenge, I have streamlined my kitchen as well and find it easier to plan weekly meals when you have all the staples at hand. Although I have so many cookbooks, I have found that cataloguing my Spark recipes as a hard copy is working well. Every week, I go through the recipes section and choose inspiring recipes. I print them out and place them in a binder under tabs eg. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and then, within those tabs I list whether it's salads, soups, chicken, fish, etc. I find this reference guide to be extremely helpful for busy work weeks especially and use the weekends for the planning stage.
current weight: 182.0
Fitness Minutes: (12,977) Posts: 889 5/8/13 9:44 A
I never thought having a lot of cookbooks was a problem. I know each one well, and still refer to some of them from time-to-time. dh has over 3k books in his inventory (I think he's included my cookbooks), so my two boxes in the garage, and two shelves in the bookcase collection won't be an issue until it's time for the home. 8-)
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current weight: 150.2
Fitness Minutes: (12,977) Posts: 889 4/8/13 9:50 A
I have way too many cookbooks. Some were my dad's and others I have collected over the years, and some were gifts. I do need to sort through them and get rid of ones I can. Some of my dad's I will never use. They are sentimental. I can maybe get rid of some of those. These take up a whole huge book case in my dining area. I keep a binder as well as an online cookbook for sparkpeople recipes. I try to make at least 2 new recipes a week. I am always trying to look for healthy inspiration when it comes to cooking.
I too organize my recipes for the week: if they are from a book I sticky note the page, the binder I pull out, online I print and add to the binder if it is a keeper. Quite an operation, but it works for me. My goal is to downsize on my book case so books are not doubled up on shelves.
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I make a weekly menu and add recipes to the end of the menu. The new ones I am trying that week or the ones I can't remember off the top of my head. At the end of the week I punch holes in them and add them to a notebook. This saves time as the recipes are right there when I get ready to cook. Also if I am feeling lazy, I just go back a month or three and use one of my old menu sheets and the recipes I need are right there.
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I have a whole library of cookbooks for healthy eating and ethnic cooking but find I am now more likely to search the Internet than try to hunt down a recipe I liked from one of the array of cookbooks even with the bookmarks...just can't remember which cookbook :) So now I have saved favorites and also created a folder on my computer where I save favourites by type. Seems to work better for me now.
I love my cook books. A couple were wedding gifts over 30 years ago. Although I rarely use them, I just can't part with them. There are others that I too will pack up and get rid of. I also use a loose leaf note book to keep those clippings, ect in. It works very well.
I have several good cookbooks with healthy recipes,which I use, but I also have some healthy recipes on separate papers which have been collected from various sources such as family, friends, magazines, etc. These I am organizing in a looseleaf notebook with tabs. That way I can find favorite recipes more easily and can add others as I need to.
current weight: 147.0
Fitness Minutes: (233,812) Posts: 13,377 1/27/13 1:35 A
my kitchen is what i have to keep organized. i know i should find variation, but i have a husband who is a picky eater and if i make something in my slow cooker i generally get 5- 8 meals out of it. i think the biggest challenge is willpower and discipline to keep eating
I have lots of cookbooks and I mean lots that are never used and most of them are full of recipes that are high fat and no longer what we eat. I also have plenty of books that are low fat, healthy eating and provide variety and contain recipes with foods that I do use. Then there is the SP Cookbook that is used a lot. So a big sort out was in order. Get the books I don't use anymore shifted and get the books I do use into a place that I get to them easily. So a big sort out has taken place and the charity shop will be getting lots of books that I have not used in ages and being honest will not use.Now I have books that I am using easily to hand.
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