New Year’s Food Resolutions
It’s the New Year and we are celebrating by writing down our top food resolutions to make 2016 our best year yet.
While an important goal is to be healthy and fit, food resolutions are a lot more than that. Mix it up by vowing to try a new cuisine, clean out your kitchen, invest in useful cooking appliances or try a few new recipes to become part of your weekly meals.
Need some more ideas? Read on below for our top food New Year’s resolutions to add to your list now.
It’s easy to get in the habit of eating the same foods year in and year out, however why not try to mix it up and try something different? If you’ve never had the opportunity to try a certain food or cuisine, make a resolution to do it in 2016. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t like it! You never know, you may find your new favourite dish.
Clean out your kitchen and pantry:
Start fresh in the New Year by cleaning out your kitchen and organising it in the most practical way possible. During the craziness of the working week, sometimes it’s hard to find the energy to cook so having all your utensils and food clearly organised and within reach will really make a difference. While things slow down over the Christmas and New Year period, it’s a great time to tackle the kitchen and pantry, you can even get your kids to help with age appropriate tasks.
If it sounds a little daunting, a great place to start is by taking an appliance, utensil and crockery inventory and determine how many times you really use a particular item, and put it in the keep, throw out or charity pile. Next sort through your spices or herbs (throwing out any that have been there for so long they’ve lost their smell and flavour) and then move onto unnecessary kitchen items like storage containers with no lids or old and moldy food.
Try a new cooking technique:
Do you want to really make a difference in the New Year with the types of food you eat and cook? Be brave and try a new technique.
Some ideas for techniques could be learning to decorate cakes with piping, baking bread or even how to brew your own beer!
Practice makes perfect so ensure you choose something you can practice regularly so you will become a master at it by the end of the year.
Plan your meals:
Not having meals planned for the week (or a least a few days!) can result in eating unhealthy foods, or simply food that are plain and boring because you don’t have the ingredients or time to cook.
Make a resolution to allocate some time (perhaps on a Sunday afternoon) and plan your meals for the week. Head to the shops and buy these ingredients and then cook as many dishes as you can that will freeze well. Great ideas are things like casseroles, burgers or lasagnas that will feed the whole family or double over for lunch as well.
Do you have any food resolutions you want to try for 2016? Share them with us below!