The more I blog, the more I realize that I’m all about simple recipes. Sure, I love to spend the day in the kitchen from time to time, cooking elaborated dishes that require a bit of technique and a few fancy ingredients. But in my everyday life, it’s a different story. I like quick, easy and straightforward recipes. I don’t like to buy an ingredient for a specific recipe if I know I won’t use it for another dish and it’ll just end up sitting in my pantry. It doesn’t mean I don’t like to discover new food, quite the contrary. In my opinion, expanding your culinary horizon is one of the most exciting things in life. That being said, I believe -and I know a lot of you will agree- that sometime simple food is just the best. Let’s say you have a few zucchini, some ground beef and garlic cloves, a few fresh rosemary sprigs, a dash of lemon… 15 minutes later, you have yourself an easy dinner bursting with flavors. With almost zero cooking skills and ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!
I often hear people say they don’t cook because they are just too busy and don’t have the time for it. The thing is, (almost) everyone has a busy life and I think that if you are willing to eat good food, you can prep great meals in no time with just a little bit of meal planning. This healthy and filling recipe took me 15 minutes to cook from start to finish. Truth is, what is usually time consuming is finding a dinner idea. So here’s my suggestion: once a week, sit down for an hour or so and choose all the recipes you want to cook for the following days (in those moments, Pinterest and Foodgawker become your best friends). Have a super busy life? Select recipes you can cook in less than 30 minutes. Planning will not only save you time, it will also save you money as you’ll know exactly what to buy at the grocery store (meaning => you won’t buy a third jar of honey/mustard/tomato sauce because you *think* there’s no more left in the pantry). Not to mention your weeknight dinners will be stress free.
To plan my meals, I use a great tool called Plan To Eat. I love it because you can import recipes from anywhere on the web or add your own recipe manually, plan your meals easily with a drag and drop feature and the best part…a shopping list is automatically generated according to the meals you’ve planned! Awesome, right? I’ve been using it for more than a year now and it has really helped me a lot. They offer a free 30-day trial, so why not give it at try?
Oh and just in case you’re wondering, this is absolutely not a post sponsored by Plan To Eat. It’s just a product I happen to love. This post however contains affiliate links. It means that if you end up buying a Plan to Eat subscription, I will earn a few cents. If that’s you, thanks for supporting this blog!