Cook 90 2020

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    Cook 90 2020

    I stumbled upon the Cook 90 challenge this evening and have decided to give it a go. The basic premise of the challenge is the same as DAREBEE's Only Homemade Challenge, except it's for the full month of January instead of only 15 days.



    The challenge comes with a meal plan which participants can use as much or as little as they like. I don't intend to follow the meal plan religiously, but most of the first few recipes I browsed through look really good to me, and the meal plan overall focuses on cooking with different types of vegetables and whole grains--both things I'm trying to cook and eat more of--so I'm definitely going to be using it as a starting point, but also mixing in some of my old favourites and some DAREBEE recipes I want to try.

    If anyone would like to join me, give a shout. We can use this thread to cheer one another on, post our own menus, exchange recipes, and share tips and tricks for fitting home cooking into busy schedules. (I'll be posting my own menu every day to keep myself accountable.)

    P.S.: If you're not ready to commit for a full 30 days but would like to give DAREBEE's 15 day version a go, feel free to post here too. I'll cheer for you no matter how long you decide your own personal challenge will be.

    #2
    Rainbow Dragon This is an interesting challenge, but since moving into the new house, we have only gone out for supper twice. So I don't think it is really designed for us.

    My wife collects cookbooks and we have been going through and making lists of all the things we want to make, after having to deal with a ridiculously small apartment kitchen since years. I am all for sharing menus and recipes though.

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      #3
      Thank you for sharing this challenge! I will happily participate and do it the full month of January
      I see that as a great opportunity to plan better my meals and waste less food.
      I will have a look at the meal plan and other recipes, but I have a lot of cookbooks which I don't use very often, it's time to change that!

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        #4
        Sounds great, CaptainCanuck . And cheers for finally having a decent kitchen. (It makes a huge difference!)
        I don't eat out much myself. But I am guilty of buying a lot of prepared meals from the grocery store. Those tend not to be the healthiest options, and they come with a huge amount of packaging. So I'm trying to make a change in this area.

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          #5
          Welcome aboard, Miaw !

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            #6
            Thank you for this challenge. I’m in! I love cooking, but eat out more than I’d like. I also want to limit meat consumption. I’d be content as a vegan (I think), bit my hubs is a meat and potatoes guy, and I can’t resist when I smell of a steak. My food challenge is that I’m often on the go without a refrigerator or microwave at lunch. Maybe a soup thermos? Now, I’m gonna hunt down that book.

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              #7
              Welcome, Melm !

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                #8
                Rainbow Dragon We try to limit our packaged meals to stuff for the kids, but even then it will just be a lasagna or something like that. I guess we also buy frozen vegetables, though living in Canada it is the only way to get some of the vegetables that we crave at this time of year.

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                  #9
                  Melm : I knew it exists "isotherm" bags, and it looks like isotherm "lunch box" exists. Maybe that could be the solution for you?

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                    #10
                    Miaw , this is great! I love that it comes with several sizes and is stainless steel. Thank you!

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                      #11
                      DAREBEE has a new 30-Day Only Homemade Challenge out we can claim for doing Cook 90:



                      This one should be a good fit for the month too:

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                        #12
                        How did everyone's fist day of the challenge go?

                        I started out strong with:

                        January 1 menu:

                        Breakfast: 5-Spice Rice Pudding topped with kiwi, blueberries, and hazelnuts, plus a side of scrambled eggs
                        Lunch: Tuna Salad, Spicy Cumin Rotis with peanut butter, and sweet red pepper with spicy hummus
                        Dinner: Zucchini, Corn, & Black Bean Enchiladas

                        I've always been a kiwi peeler, but decided today to try eating the peel. The peel takes a lot longer to chew than the soft fruit inside, which took some getting used to at first, but by the 3rd bite, the peel-on experience was normalized for me.

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                          #13
                          Rainbow Dragon I guess it went well enough. Though probably over calories for the day.

                          Breakfast - Omelet with cornmeal pancakes
                          Lunch - Leftover vegetable soup
                          Supper - Homemade pizza with homemade pizza dough (sauce from a jar though). Also made a pickle pizza, which I had been meaning to try for a while. It was ... all right.

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                            #14
                            Rainbow Dragon

                            The start is a bit chaotic on my side! :p
                            Breakfast: I made the Oat Banana Pancakes: they are sooooo good (with cinnamon, a bit of honey and nuts)! I used to make the "two ingredients banana pancakes" with 2 eggs and a banana, but it was always to liquid and this here is perfect I don't drink milk and I don't use milk enough to buy other type of milks, so I used water in the recipe and it was very good.
                            Lunch: well... no lunch (my breakfast was actually at lunch time and then I ate for two at supper)
                            Supper: leftover homemade stew

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by CaptainCanuck View Post
                              Also made a pickle pizza, which I had been meaning to try for a while.
                              I am intrigued.

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