{Get Cooking!} Create Your Recipe Arsenal

Oh hello! This is second post in the Get Cooking! series– this series of posts is designed to get you into the kitchen and cooking aka taking more control of your food choices. You can read the first installment here. 

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How many times have you stepped into your kitchen and thought:

What the heckadoodie am I going to make tonight?”

If you’re like me, it’s quite often.

There are times when I have no idea what to cook.

This used to happen WAY more often…before I had created an arsenal of go-to recipes up my sleeve.

I mean, part of the issue with not knowing what to make is not planning (which I plan on talking about in another installment of Get Cooking), but I think the bigger obstacle is not being inspired to cook what you’re cooking.

Not having ideas.

Part of learning to like cooking is to find recipes that you think are fun.

Recipes that you’re actually excited to cook.

That might sound like a fantasy, but I assure you it IS possible.

You might have to start looking for recipes in new places, and it might take a fair amount of searching, but I guarantee you WILL find  recipes that you’re excited  about.

Then, you’ll take those recipes and build your Recipe Arsenal.

Here are my favorite recipes resources for you to peruse:

The Interwebs

I use these compilation sites more than any other resource. I’m a very visual person– I basically choose recipes first by what they look like and second by how many ingredients there are. These sites compile recipes from bloggers all over the interwebs– both large and small. It’s not only a great way to find recipes, but a great way to find new, exciting blogs to read.

Stalkerville (ChowStalker and DessertStalker)

Fast Paleo

Pinterest

Blogs

These are my go-to Paleo Food Blogs– the ones I visit most often and actually make recipes from.

Frisky Lemon— Seriously. I make my own recipes more than any others…because they’re mine and I created them…Once you have your own arsenal, I’m sure you’ll start creating your own recipes and you’ll like those better than most others.

Balanced Bites — Diane’s recipes are usually easy peasy and super quick, which is what I’m ALL about.

Primal Palate

Stupid Easy Paleo 

Cookbooks

My favorite cookbooks– the ones that are covered in stains and in which all of the pages stick together…from me dropping stuff on them…like a grosskid.

Make it Paleo

30 Day Guide to Paleo

Practical Paleo— I make the Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs at least once a week.

Well Fed

It will take more time to find fun recipes at the beginning of your cooking journey, but you WILL find them.

The more fun recipes you find, the more you’ll be able to modify them and make them even MORE fun.

Once you have a good number of recipes up your sleeve, you’ll have your favorites, and you’ll know which ones are quick and easy and which ones take more time.

One of my favorite recipes of all time is the Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs from Practical Paleo.  So when I go shopping for the week, I always pick up some chicken thighs– even if I haven’t exactly planned to make that meal that week. This way, I always have the ingredients to make this dish–and when I walk into the kitchen not feeling the meal I actually had planned, or I don’t know what to make, I take out the chicken thighs and whip up a delicious meal.

Let’s do a recipe swap! Share your go-to Paleo dinner recipe in the comments below!

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