Every January, home cooks around the world give themselves a challenge: cook three meals a day, every day, for the entire month. It's not always easy, but with these recipes, journals, meal plans, and tips, it's never really that hard.
What is #Cook90?
From Epicurious: The #cook90 challenge is simple: Cook three meals a day, every day, for a whole month. But the real challenge is getting prepped and organized to tackle four weeks of cooking.
Honestly think that week three has been my best week to date – and not for the reason most people would think. Week three was terrible as far as time was concerned. I managed NOT to myriad things done on time – which trickled down to the entire week. I got my grocery shopping done late on Sunday – which is one of the reasons my time was so crunched. I ended up doing a LOT of cooking on Sunday late but very little cooking during the actual week which is a win.
Week three was so successful because I made it work! My time was crunched, my recipes weren’t on point, I didn’t get all of the cooking I’d planned done…and yet I still managed to get through the week without resorting to a restaurant. GOAL!
For breakfast I planned to make bone broth. I originally planned to cook salmon and chicken this week for dinner but I decided not to buy salmon. I switched salmon out for steak (which I love so win-win). I’d also planned on making Korean Beef Bowls and Chicken Teriyaki for lunch.
Dinner on Monday was a rushed affair: Hubby ended up cooking the steak while I nuked the potatoes (no time to bake).
Lunch was wonky, too. I did not cook Korean beef bowls although I bought the ingredients – I just ran out of time. I tried a new recipe: Chicken Teriyaki Stir-fry. And it was disgusting. Yuck! TBH, it wasn’t that bad but it was bad enough that I’ll never make it again.
This meant I didn’t have enough lunches for the week – until leftovers! I took leftover Peruvian chicken after the chicken teriyaki was finished.
I did make the bone broth and I loved it!!! It was super easy to make this time (I now own a pressure cooker!). I used the recipe from Nom Nom Paleo and it was divine. I pressured the broth for about 120 mins and had a delicious broth to sip on all week. The only issue I had was over seasoning: I put in too much salt. But even with that I still loved it. It had a much stronger flavor than regular broth/stock.
Chicken Bone Broth (Nom Nom Paleo)
Chicken Teriyaki Stir-fry
Leftover Peruvian chicken
Parmesan Chicken Cutlets with Sungold Tomato Pasta
Steak w/ sweet potatoes & broccoli
What I learned this week:
It’s ok to change your plans based on your time
Leftovers are a gift from God