Ok so I am totally addicted to Pinterest!! (is there anyone left that isn't???) As usual, I was slow to jump on the bandwagon. I had head about it for a while, but took me a while to check it out to see what all the hype was about. Well look out world! I am now an avid pinner! It is my daily treat and something I look forward to doing after a long day. It stimulates my creative nature and soothes the inner me.
I have been using it primarily to get some new ideas for recipes. Things that are healthier than the stuff I grew up cooking (and seem to be the only things in my food portfolio). I tend not to want venture out of my food "safety circle". I cook the same foods, I order the same foods at restaurants. It is a real challenge for me to try new things. But when beginning this journey, I knew one of the things I need to change was the food I eat. I needed to look for healthier options. But knowing how much I love to eat, I also knew it was critical for me to find things I would like to eat or I would never be successful. I didn't want it to be "diet food" because I knew that would leave me feeling deprived and I would (for the zillionth time) fall off the wagon and go back to my old, comfortable, unhealthy, yet delicious comfort foods.
I had recently discovered Pinterest via a friend, more for crafting and home ideas, but I quickly realized the world of food that was there too. Being a visual person, I loved the photos. I love other people sharing what they like. The downside is you have to sift through the TONS of unhealthy yet yummy looking dishes to find the gems of "skinny", but I really haven't struggled with this as much as I thought I would. I was on a mission!
My first step was to begin pinning some ideas. Then I began printing the ones I thought I would like to start trying. Then I made my grocery list for what I needed and off I went. I tried one new recipe, then another. I think the number of new recipes we eat a week is greater than the "classics" that I cook these days. And the family doesn't seem to mind. There have been a couple not so successful attempts, but they haven't kicked me out of the kitchen yet. In fact there are a couple of recipes they keep asking me "when are we having that?".
So check out the Food category here on the blog where I will be posting my favorites (and probably telling you the adventures of some of my "not so favorites" too). Try them too and tell me what you think!