It’s a new year which means a new calendar to plan for Garnish with Lemon. The turn of the calendar also presents a great opportunity to set goals and resolutions for ourselves in the kitchen. Here are a few goals we each set for ourselves. We will keep you updated on our progress throughout the year. Check in with us and see if we’re still on track. (We can all use a little accountability, right?) Is there anything you vowed to try in 2013? Let us know!
Lisa: Whole grains are definitely getting higher in the pecking order. I love to cook with grains but want to expand my repertoire and flavors. Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE my pasta and potatoes, and those aren’t going anywhere. But I am going to throw in more quinoa, barley, brown rice, polenta…all such great flavors and textures and healthy to boot. What better area to focus on?
Another goal for 2013 is to get more vegetables on the table. Oh, we eat veggies as sides with most meals, but I’m talking about the whole meal. Think Meatless Monday type of veggies. That’s my goal – one meatless meal a week. When the veg has enough flavor and variety, they won’t even miss the meat, right? I know this will be a big challenge as I have some serious meat and potato lovers in my house. I’m sure I will get some resistance, but it’s time to branch out and do more with the great variety of vegetables out there. I’ll keep you updated. This is a big one.
Anna: My first resolution is selfishly rooted, but it’s still super fun: I want to learn how to make sushi. Really good sushi. My husband is a seasoned Asian traveler, and one of the things he craves when he returns home is fresh fish, particularly sushi. Here’s my problem: I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. The closest thing we had to Asian food was the local Chinese restaurant where everything was deep fried – an experience that is obviously not helpful here. So one of my 2013 resolutions is to become more knowledgeable about sushi-grade fish, and how we can create and enjoy it at home as a family. My kids are captivated by the stories of food and culture from his travels. I need to capitalize on that enthusiasm!
Speaking of kids, my other resolution for the upcoming year is to have both kids choose and cook one meal a week with me. They have helped me out with some prep work in the past (grating cheese or chopping veggies), but they tend to move on quickly when something more exciting captures their attention. I realize that, initially, I’m probably going to be eating a LOT of pizza and taco dinners. But my hope is that they come to enjoy the process of cooking and creating in the kitchen because they have a hand in it, and, by extension, they become more confident, adventurous eaters. I know I didn’t invent the wheel on this one, so help me out here – has anyone had any luck with this in your family? Would love any advice you have to share.
Best wishes from both of us for a healthy and tasty 2013!