EZPZ Household Recipe Book

I am a terrible cook. I can reliably cook three things:

  • 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.

At work all day, but find yourself with time during lunch to recipe-surf? Set up an email address for remote e-printing! You’ll need a web-enabled printer for that!

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!

About MommyGeek

Caitlin, a.k.a MommyGeek, is a member of the iGeneration. This means she’s super into technology, and when the robots take over the world, will either be one of the first killed (she knows too much) or recruited to help enslave you (she knows too much – and sympathizes with the robots). She runs Rent a Geek Mom web design, and writes documentation, tutorials and works as Support at Headway Themes.

Comments

  1. IzzyMom says:

    You know, I really should have started printing my recipes (if you can call them that) years ago. Especially the ones I make up as I go along, never to be remembered or cooked again. *sigh*

    I can’t even remember the stuff I used to make before we had kids and a cheesy boxed pasta wasn’t a required component for every fricken meal.

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