I'm going to talk about fixing dinner. Why? Because most everyone likes eating! Food brings people together. Food is comfort. Food is good.
But I suck at it.
I've always been a bit timid in the kitchen. It comes naturally for my mom, why not me? Even after all those years of cooking and sewing 4-H - I get so nervous at the thought of people coming over for dinner - it seriously freaks me out. "What will I make? I don't know how to cook!" In general, I have creative moments, but in the kitchen? Forget about it! I'm too scared of screwing up. Fear of failure? Totally.
Maybe it's because I know so many others around me are so good in the kitchen (my sister-in-laws are both amazing in the kitchen), I just don't feel like I can compete. Not that it's a competition, but really...in my head, I look at what they do in the kitchen and feel totally overwhelmed because I don't even know where to begin.
I have cookbooks. So many cookbooks. My husband threatens to make a bonfire out of them because I don't use them. Okay, so he doesn't want to actually light them on fire (that would be a total waste of money, the better option - sell them!), but he does quite regularly ask me if I can get rid of all the cookbooks because after all, it's all on the internet anyway... My response is always the same, "No way, I'm going to use those cookbooks someday!"
So in an effort to fix my cooking insecurities, I found a website that does all the meal planning and grocery list generating for me! It's amazing. And gluten-free (there are even dairy-free and vegan options if you're into that)!
Every week there's a new set of recipes to add to your weekly menu plan and usually, every single recipe sounds delicious. They are quick (20-30 minute recipes), easy to make, fresh, in-season meals and so far, I've only made 1 or 2 that we didn't really care for (and I've used the menu plans for at least 3 months straight, so that's a pretty good ratio IMO). And the shopping list is great, I order most of my groceries from Amazon Fresh, so it's been easy-peasy.
There's even a monthly freezer meal menu plan! We had a TLT (but it was on a Thursday) in August and I made my first freezer meal ever (in fact, we made 4 freezer meals that night!). It was really cool to have my man working in the kitchen with me (sexy even).
Menu planning with Gfree has been incredibly helpful. I've gained a ton of kitchen confidence, and am almost ready to start my meal planning by using my own cookbooks (and recipes from the interwebs)! The last few times I've cooked for guests, I've actually enjoyed the process and stopped stressing out about it so much (I still carry a little stress when cooking for others, but in general, it's way less than days of past).
FIXING food is getting easier!
Do you meal plan? Share your tricks with me! I need all the help I can get. ;)
Note: I am not affiliated with Gfree - I just use and like the service and highly recommend it.