It’s nearing the time of year when people commit to ‘being better/eating healthier/working out more’ in the new year. Might I suggest a totally different approach, and get you to think about joining in with me for a Back To Basics January?
I am challenging myself to a Back To Basics January: one where I go “back to the basics” in an effort to reduce my grocery bill and daily spending, focus on healthy ingredients, and commit myself to making the healthy food that I buy at the grocery store. During the month of January, I will be posting my go-to easy meals, recipes for basic items, and my favorite ways to prep for healthy eating.
The point of Back To Basics is to live more simply. We so easily can eat out a dozen different foods in a week, or purchase pre-made foods. Cooking shouldn’t just be a puzzle you put together, but a fun inspired activity. Back To Basics is to appreciate the art of cooking, to save money, and to realize what conveniences are worth it and what aren’t. The components of the challenge are below.
From pasta sauce to easy baked chicken, there are recipes that I use frequently that I will be posting during the month of January. I will be posting these recipes at least twice a week to give you new ideas about how to turn basic raw ingredients into quick, simple, and delicious meals. I plan to share my normal grocery list during the first week as well to give you an idea of what I stock up on to eat healthy + homemade.
MAKING SNACKS FROM SCRATCH
I have a whole snack drawer at home full of processed foods that I grab on the way out the door to the gym or when I need a bite of something. Instead of relying on those protein bars + snacks that have ingredients I don’t love, I want to prepare a couple batches of bars + bites (along with other snacks like popcorn, hard boiled eggs) to have on hand for grabbing quickly.
EATING AT HOME
While I love to explore Denver and be a part of the community, eating out during the month of December (mostly because of us moving) really added up and I am hoping to get back on budget by eating at home as much as possible for the month of January. When friends want to get together, it’s a great excuse to cook for them and enjoy our new space!
This is another expense that I keep telling myself I will cut back on – but haven’t gotten around to it, so I’m including it for my challenge! I have easily been spending $10 a week on coffee, and would love to reduce that. I hope to do a post with Noah on different ways to enjoy coffee at home (we love french press coffee + percolated coffee).
WANT TO JOIN?
A quick recap of what Back To Basics January challenge entails:
- Cooking basic items from scratch (for example, making homemade pasta sauce instead of jarred)
- Reducing dependence on prepared foods (for example, making my own granola bars)
- Eating 100% at home (I am excited to invite people over to our new kitchen!)
- Making coffee (this will save me an average of $10 per week since I have been buying hot coffee)
Any questions? Are you in?
Let me know how you’re planning to tackle one of these or all of these challenges in the comments below.
I would love to have you along for the ride! Use the hashtag #backtobasicsjanuary so we can all see each others’ hard work!