I’m a busy person. And by busy I mean “rarely home.” I work long hours, have a moderately time-consuming commute, and can’t spend nearly as much time grocery shopping or preparing food as I’d like (let alone pursuing a hobby or having anything resembling a social life).
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like in an ideal cookbook, and I think I have some very lofty suggestions. But if something like this exists, and you’ve heard of it, tell me. Now!
- Must have a bevvy of meatless options that still pack a protein punch.
- Would be organized in a way that would allow for easy grocery list planning, or weekly meal planning. To clarify: I like when recipes suggest ways to use leftover ingredients in other recipes. Like obviously you can’t buy just one tiny serving of beans–you have to buy a whole can or bag or whatever. So what do you do with the rest? If the book could index or reference other recipes with some of the same ingredients so that I could plan to make certain dishes in the same week, I’d never look back.
- Easy-to-make/not time-consuming dishes. Seriously, I get home around 8 p.m. every day and need to go to sleep between 10-11 if I am getting up at 6 a.m. the next morning to hit the gym. I am also *really* hungry by the time I get home, and rarely have the patience or time to spend concocting elaborate dinners. And lunch? I rely on frozen options more than I’d like to admit just to save time from having to pack a lot. So dishes that are good the next day for lunch would be a huge deal, too.
- While I like when recipes produce leftovers, I’d like smaller portion sizes. I’m cooking for one, folks. I don’t need to make 8-serving dishes that don’t translate well into leftovers.
So that’s about it. Any recommendations? Hit me up!
And while I also frequent recipe blogs, I’m really, really invested in the idea of list item number 2. But if you know of good blogs that incorporate back links instead of page references to other recipes with similar ingredients (you know, because I’m lazy), that would be great, too!