I have a confession. Well, it’s not a confession for people who know me well, but for the rest of you–I don’t like to cook. At all. I don’t like to bake. I don’t really like being in the kitchen for any reason (except to eat–preferably food I didn’t cook). I wouldn’t say I’m a bad cook, I just don’t particularly like doing it. If a meal takes more than 20-30 minutes, I’m out.
Add that to my recent attempts to eat better more wholesome (real) foods around here (after watching the documentary Fed Up), it has put a huge damper on planning and preparing meals.
Speaking of planning meals, this meme made my eyes water I was laughing so hard.
Anyway. I digress.
I’ve been trying to compile all of our family favorite recipes, as well as find new recipes, to put them all together in an easily accessible way. To help with meal planning and also to make the process of cooking dinner each day a little less painful.
So I’m using the Project Life App (if you don’t know what this app is, you’ll definitely want to check out THIS) to make recipe pages for quick, easy, hopefully healthy-ish meals. I HIGHLY value eating together as a family each day so I’m trying to overcome my aversion to the whole planning, grocery shopping, cooking process.
Each time I make one of these meals, I take 5 minutes and assemble a recipe page using the project life app. They look like this:
Then I save them to my camera roll and put them in a “Recipe” album on my phone. I can easily access them from there.
I also like physical, tangible stuff, so I print off an 8×8 print (straight through the app or from Persnickety Prints) and put them in an album and am slowly assembling them there as well.
The great thing about doing it this way is a.) I’m saving all the recipes I want to use with our family in an easy, pretty way (if it looks good maybe it will make me want to cook it more–I dunno–wishful thinking mayble) and b.) I can also use these recipe pages I created as a gift for someone else. Print off some of the best recipes and put them in an album for a wedding gift, for a friends birthday, or just because. It’s also a great way to share the recipes via text with friends who ask for them.
For each recipe, I snap a photo of:
- the ingredients used to make whatever it is I’m making.
- part of the process of cooking/assembling
- the finished product
Then I assemble the photos in a spread on the app (I use Design A for each layout), type out the instructions (or take a screen shot of the instructions from a web page/Instagram where I found the recipe), and save the recipe page.
Easy, fun presentation. And great way to save all the (easy) recipes I use for our family.
To see some good food finds I’ve shared here on the blog, you can check out this post. They’re good.
For more posts about getting/being healthy, you can check out the “Let’s Be Healthy” page.