For some odd reason, I have always assumed I cannot cook. My mom is a good cook, although I think she has tired of it, perhaps due to lack of inspiration or cooking for somewhat thankless individuals. I don't know. But she never taught me how to cook, and I will say that I never specifically asked to learn.
Two things helped me get started. One, I have the Whole Foods Missions App on my iPhone. It has "missions", with names such as 'Root It Out', 'Garlic Breath', and 'Matchmaker: Sweet & Spicy'. Each mission has several steps which may include a specific type of food to try, a movie/book about food to check out, or foods to try together.
For example, 'Root It Out' says "Dig in to these great root vegetables"
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I don't know about you, but I wouldn't have ordinarily just picked up a jicama (also known as a Mexican potato, but strangely it doesn't taste like a potato), and done something with it. This app gives me the idea to do something, and then I go to www.AllRecipes.com to see what I can make.
The second thing that helped me get started was my boss from this temporary position I was holding joined Weight Watchers, and started sharing recipes with me. It was really fun, and rather surprising how good everything was from the WW recipes. I have now since left, but am still cooking!
Some photos of all the super yummy things I've been making; these are all Weight Watchers:
This is the first recipe I made from Weight Watchers. My boss brought her leftovers in and let me try some. I don't even eat fish, but this was fantastic! Tilapia with tomatoes and capers, steamed asparagus, and dill mashed potatoes.
Okay this kind of looks like some weird muffin blob, but let me assure you it is fantastic. Egg souffle with red bell peppers, zucchini, colby cheese and bacon. A great way to start the day!
This was a chicken and edamame stir fry, using up the remaining zucchini and red bell pepper from the previous recipe. This was very good.
Okay so I'm kind of a slacker and didn't post recipes, but feel free to comment with your email and I'll send it to you! All of these were easy and I've made each a couple times since.
From this I have learned that one should never put restrictions on what they think they can do. To quote Henry Ford, "If you think you can do it or think you can't do it, you are right."
Cheers to the ability to do what ever you put your mind to,