Friend Makin’ Mondays: Cooking Habits

If you have taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s questions on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: so others can see your FMM questions and answers. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers by posting your own FMM post and commenting on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Cooking Habits

1. What is your favorite meal to prepare at home?  I love preparing anything that be made in one pot or pan like a stir fry or big hearty salads. 

2. Do you like to experiment in the kitchen, or do you prefer to stick to the basics? I prefer to stick to a recipe though once I have the hang of the flavors and consistency of something I might get a little experimental. 

3. What is your favorite cookbook? The only cookbook I own is Sarah Matheny’s (aka Mama Pea) cookbook Peas and Thank You which features vegan recipes for the family. It’s fantastic. Everything I have made so far has received rave reviews especially the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls. 

4. Do you have any tricks to share that help you reach your fruits and veggies goal for the day?  I jam my smoothies chock full of spinach. I buy a huge bag of spinach at Costco and freeze half of it in a ziplock bag. I throw spinach in everything from pizza and pasta to wraps and soups. 

I keep fruits washed, cut up and accessible for all of us. I try to prepare salad fixings whenever possible to make it easy to put a salad together quickly. 

My son eats fruit but it’s like pulling teeth to get him to eat vegetables. I put a bit of spinach in his smoothies. I also chop it really small and put it on tortilla pizzas under the cheese or in a grilled cheese. I add Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood berry flavored powder to his smoothies as well. 

5. What’s the most interesting thing you made last week?  I made an arugula salad with Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn (thawed obviously!!), cherry tomatoes halved, black beans and avocado dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple I know, but the flavors were incredible. My husband and I dominated that salad and he licked the bowl clean.

6. How often do you watch cooking shows on TV?  I used to watch them pre-Carlos, now I don’t ever get a chance to watch TV. However, I do enjoy Roni’s Green Lite Bites videos.

7. When you’re hungry, where are you most likely to look first? The refrigerator, or the pantry? The refrigerator. I know that the healthier options are in the fridge.

8. List a few healthy staples that can always be found in your kitchen. I always have on hand nondairy milk, all natural peanut butter, rice, almonds, dates, oats, quinoa, spinach, whole grain pasta, granola bars, dry beans and canned beans.

9. Are you motivated to cook at home even when you’re eating alone? Yes definitely. This wasn’t always the case, but now I enjoy making food at home even just for myself.

10.  How often do you try new recipes? I probably try new recipes 2-3 times a week thanks to all the amazingly generous bloggers who share their recipes and gorgeous food photos. It changed my world. I went from not cooking at all to making really delicious, interesting and healthy meals. My husband was extremely receptive to the changes in our diets and he absolutely raves about my cooking. 

I use Evernote to clip recipes that interest me and I organize them in a recipes folder. Once I make a recipe in my folder it gets transferred to a new folder for taste tested recipes with any thoughts on the dish. Honestly if I didn’t work nights I would probably make something new almost every night of the week.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday. It’s a gorgeous day here. I actually enjoyed a pain free run this morning and I’m looking forward to a little game of catch with Carlos in a few minutes. On the dinner menu tonight is Tilapia, mango salsa, coconut black rice and sautéed green beans. What’s on your menu tonight?

13 thoughts on “Friend Makin’ Mondays: Cooking Habits

  1. Hi Aimee! I’m a little jealous of your traits in the above post!!! But jealous in a nice way. 😀

    I always think of myself as an uncreative cook. Yet, every time my mother visits, she says, “You don’t cook a single thing that I cooked when you were growing up, do you.” No, I guess I don’t. So, yes, I must have been a *little* bit creative with my cooking over the years.

    🙂 Marion

    • Marion, my mother gets nervous whenever I have her over for dinner. She’ll call me everyday to try to find out what I’m making. I do Christmas brunch every year and it’s always a hit, yet every year my mother is stressed out right up to the day even if I tell her what I’m serving because she’s afraid that I will surprise everyone with “weird vegan food.” I’m not even vegan. I definitely don’t cook the foods she made for us growing up. She still cooks exactly the same despite the fact that our tastes have changed so much. She refuses to change her style of cooking although she constantly proclaims to dislike her own food.

      Does your mom like your food?

  2. Hi from FMM.
    Thanks for that tip on Evernote, I’m definitely going to look into that. Although I’m not opposed to more complicated recipes, I’m a huge “one pot wonder” girl most nights.

  3. LOL My Mom refuses to eat anything that I cook. She says its weird and basically unless its chicken or hamburger, its “too exotic and nasty” to be eaten by normal people. Ugh.

    • I laugh at my mom now and remind her how she always made us try a bite before judging. I encourage her to do the same but often times she can’t past the name of something like quinoa or a spice that I included like curry.

  4. I need to make a salad like that ASAP, sounds amazing! I didn’t like to cook at home when it was just me, but this time when Ray was deployed, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit!

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