- Spaghetti, sans meatballs
- Lightly seasoned (from a pre-mixed and measured baggie of seasoning prepared by someone with a higher culinary IQ than my own, preferably) baked boneless chicken breast
- Deluxe Kraft Mac n Cheese
Problem is, I love food. So, I did the only sensible thing: I married a man who could cook, who loves food as much as I do.
I also happen to have about 25lbs to lose to get back to a healthy weight, and hubby has some poundage to go, too. See the aforementioned amour, and Houston, we have a (big, fat) problem.
I joined Weight Watchers a couple years ago, and found that if I just stuck to more reasonable portions and eliminated adjusted my fast food cooking habits, I could lose some weight and help my family make healthy choices. Win! I’m pretty cheap though, so I stuck with it for a couple of months and didn’t renew. Before I dropped it, I printed as many recipes as I could and threw them into a three ring binder. It’s served us pretty well, but I am ready to take it up a notch and create a family recipe book.
(pssssst HP! That’s your cue!)
EZPZ Family Recipe Book
Step 1: Find awesome recipes
I took most of mine from WW, but you could pull yours from recipe websites, write up your own Family recipes in a word processing application or even print them directly from your freaking printer, like my HP Envy. I shit you not. Your printer can help you make dinner.
Step 2: Print awesome recipes
This is pretty straightforward. Many recipe sites have printer-friendly versions, even print buttons that will bring up a dialogue where you can choose your printer and go to town. If you are concerned with aesthetics, you could use a word processing application to copy, paste, format, etc. the recipes until they look more or less the same. A little advice: try to use pictures, color pics, whenever you can! They will print beautifully and it really helps the dinner selection process.
If you are printing from an HP printer, you will want to use the touch screen to download a recipes app to your printer, then find recipes you want, and print.
Printing tips: use cardstock or another heavyweight paper, pre-punched for a three-ring binder if you can. If you don’t do that, consider those little plastic sleeves for binders, the kind you slip a couple sheets of paper into. Print the recipes at a higher quality setting, full color, and check the ink levels using the HP print center first.
Step 3: Make a super cool cover and spine for your binder
Books ARE judged by their covers, y’all. Make it good. If you have any graphic design skill, whip it out and print that baby in a nice photo finish on glossy paper. You’ll want to use it more than if you just scribble recipes on the front cover in permanent marker, trust me.
Step 4: Assembly required
Put the whole thing together. Painfully simple! Then, go cook something. If you are feeling ambitious, you could even add tabbed dividers to split it up into cuisines, meals or main ingredient!
Got a recipe to share? Post one up on your site and let me know here in the comments, or post your recipe in the comments, I would love to see what you cook!