Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again where everyone makes (and breaks) New Year resolutions. Of course I’m all about setting goals throughout the year, but there’s just something inspiring about starting over with a clean new slate. Maybe because we get so off track with the holidays – baking, cooking, shopping, socializing, traveling – that once the chaos dies down in January, we are left to scramble and pick up where we left off. What better time to start new goals? I’m writing this post not only to remind myself this time next year what my goals were, we tend to finish them if we tell other people. Consider it a good type of peer pressure.
Last year’s resolutions were improve my story telling, photograph more savory foods, and categorize all of my posts. I think I am doing a better job of story telling and am definitely photographing more savory foods, but categorizing all of my posts is a good joke. That one may need to go back on the list.
Here are my goals for 2014:
1. Shoot more process/ingredient shots. I’ve pretty much got the finished shots down. Now I want to incorporate more. I’m not going to do step-by-step instructions necessarily, but I do want to push my mind and creativity to showcase ingredients and techniques.
2. Incorporate more vegetables into my meals. I love vegetables, but I know don’t eat nearly as much as I should. It didn’t really occur to me until I got my hands my new favorite cookbook Bountiful. As I took a step back and looked at my own meals (I hesitate to say diet because I’m not dieting), vegetables were missing. This may seem like a duh moment, but I can’t eat more vegetables if I don’t buy more vegetables. Now I am inspired to eat more, even if it’s just a side of roasted cauliflower or cooked broccoli in my fettuccine alfredo. This goal should really say incorporate more vegetables and fruits, but I’ve never been a big fruit eater. Vegetables I absolutely love and have no problem adding more. The challenge then becomes buying the produce and not being too tired to cook it.
3. Improve my menu planning skills. Menu planning will never be a strength of mine, but I sure could use help. I work full time during the week, meaning by the time I’m home at 5, I am tired and don’t feel like cooking an extravagant meal. The goal is to be eating by 6. Although I have a great list of quick dinners to choose from, my grocery shopping doesn’t always reflect that. Because I live in the middle of nowhere, I do most of my shopping on Saturdays (minus a few things here or there from the store in town, which I try not to do often because you pay more money). Another duh moment – it’s hard to buy the correct ingredients if you don’t know what you’re making! I’m also indecisive – how do I know I really want to eat fajitas on Thursday when it’s only Saturday?
I have more goals written down, but those are the top three I wanted to share with you. What about you? What are your goals for 2014? Anybody have tips on menu planning?