July 23, 2011

Slim Pickins

I love cooking. I've always enjoyed it, but I think I've grown to appreciate it even more while on my weight loss journey. I'm the one who takes these ingredients and puts them together in a healthy and delicious way - I am personally responsible for the way that I am properly nourished.

I've loved sharing some of my recipes here - and I always love seeing what recipes other bloggers have in their healthy meal planning arsenal ... it inspires me to make them myself! Having lots of recipes to choose from means that I don't get bored - I tend to fall in love with a recipe, then eat it exhaustively and then abandon it.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the community aspect of blog world, and I had an idea for a new website. The idea came to me in a dream, to be honest - I wasn't going to share it until my dad called me a couple weeks ago with a similar sort of idea, a site where we post healthier versions of fast food recipes and better picks for going out to eat. (A site like that already exists, by the way, and is an awesome resource.)

Let me know what you think of this:
It would be part challenge, part recipe collection. Think kind of like "Iron Chef," kind of like the Daring Bakers.

Each week, we have an ingredient - it could be a fruit or vegetable, a grain, a spice ... it'll be something different every week, but nothing so fancy you'd have to go out of your way to find it or offer up your firstborn child to buy it. You have until midnight on Saturday to make a recipe using the ingredient - it could be a family favorite or something you invented for the challenge, it could be for any meal, and it could be sweet or savory, as long as it is healthy and uses the week's ingredient.

Send me and e-mail including the recipe, a picture of it all prepared, and any additional information you'd like to add (serving size, suggestions for variations, etc.). I'll put them all together in a document and send it out to all challenge participants on Sunday afternoon/evening - voilĂ , a mini cookbook sent to all of us every week! I would also post them to our website to have a little database of healthy recipes, searchable with tags like "vegetarian" or "breakfast."
It's still in the very early planning stages, so there's room for improvement and openness to suggestions. It would need the participation of others bloggers to make it work, though. (It also needs a snappy title, preferably with a really cheesy pun. The only thing that came to mind so far was "Slim Pickins" - I'm certainly open to suggestions there, too.)

What about you? What do you think? Is this something you'd be interested in reading? Would you be interested in participating? Any suggestions for how to improve the idea before launching it?

19 comments:

Marla said...

I think it's a great idea! I don't think I'd could participate every week, but I would participate often.

Waisting Time said...

Oh I don't like to cook and am very unskilled. But I might actually try a recipe now and again.

debkhershberger said...

I LOVE that idea.!!! But kinda for a selfish reason!! I NEED new recipes!!!! Good luck with this new endeavor!!

timothy said...

i'd LOVE to read it, and i'd like to participte though being southern my cooking tends to be the kill it, skin it, batter it , fry it variety. lolol but i'm starting weight watchers this week and i need to broaden my eating so i'd definately TRY! lolol you are such an amazing girl i'm sooooooo glad you're choosing to honor yourself and the journey you're on! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Jillian said...

I think that this sounds like a GREAT idea, and I would love to be a part of it (after I move, of course). I'll think over it more and let you know if I have any suggestions, but what you've thought up so far sounds awesome, and really fun!

SlimKatie said...

I LOVE the idea!! One of my favorite things to do is get creative in the kitchen and try out new ingredients (or old ingredients in new ways!) I would definitely be interested in participating :)

Weight Wars said...

I'd totally LOVE to get involved, sounds awesome. I love to cook, occasionally!

Caron said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I am going to get one of Geneen Roth's books. That was a very powerful statement she made and apparently very true.

Rainbowchild said...

What a great idea. I love cooking and experimenting.

Denise said...

I WANT TO DO THIS NOW PLEASE.

Liz said...

I love the idea!

Tiffany said...

Awesome Idea!

kellybmomof3 said...

LOVE it and I'm in!

Tim said...

It's a great idea, especially if people from across the globe took part as it would be great to see different recipe's from different cultures.

Sarah said...

I'd love to give this a go. I'm not the best cook but like playing around with food to make it work for me.

Shannon B. said...

I'm in!

marisol said...

What a great idea!

Hyla said...

Sounds like an awesome idea!

domwillrunforbeer said...

I think this is a great idea!