this magazine has rocked our world

I’m the kind of person who orders the same thing at a restaurant every time. (Mostaccioli al Forno at Casa de Angelo’s, EVERY SINGLE TIME, for instance.) I enjoy great food, but I also enjoy a sure thing when it comes to food. If I’m starving and the meal isn’t what I expected it to be, I get super grouchy. (My old co-workers once upon a time used to know this when DQ would screw up my afternoon Blizzards. It’s NOT a pretty picture.)

It’s not a surprise then, when it comes to cooking meals for my family, I have a few hits that I am comfortable with making and pretty much put them on repeat in the weekly rotation. I was ok with it, but John was pretty bored with the same handful of meals. I wanted to try new recipes, but honestly, I’m trying to run my own business with minimal babysitting help so I’m lucky to keep my head above water around here most days and by dinner time, I’m just craving my old standards.

Then came the October issue of Real Simple. John spotted the article about 30 recipes for 30 days and accepted the challenge to try every one for the next month. I was skeptical. I mean, some of the recipes look kind of weird, but I decided to be open minded. Plus, John said he would do all the grocery shopping for this project. (YESSSS!)

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So, we are a couple weeks into this project and have had some AWESOME dinners that are easy and take an average of 30-40 minutes to make. One meal even made John teary eyed he loved it so much. I guess the vision of his wife cooking a new meal that was off the beaten path was just too much for him to take. 😉 (It has been really nice to step outside the box and I have been quite surprised at how tasty all these “weird” dishes are.) Oh, and as a bonus, they are healthy and have gotten some things into our diets that we hadn’t considered before, like chard, goat cheese, bok choy and parsnip.

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I wish I had photos of the actual food, but honestly, I’m not the type to pause and take in a plate of good food for it’s beauty. It’s going down and it’s going down fast.

So if you are like me and could use some easy, non-weird meals that sit a bit more on the gourmet side of the food pyramid than the Kraft Mac N Cheese side, check out the October issue of Real Simple.

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  • samanthaOctober 26, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Oh my mom & I saw that magazine in a store! I’ll have to tell her that the recipies are good

  • GailOctober 26, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    Oooh – I’ll pick this one up! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Lindsay HackettOctober 26, 2009 - 6:20 pm

    So…how does Miles do with these meals? =)

  • MichelleOctober 26, 2009 - 7:02 pm

    Yum. Bok Choy. I love the baby version of Bok Choy – it’s even tastier and more tender. Steam in pan with a bit of water until tender than add a splash of sesame oil and soy sauce. Divine. Good luck with the rest of your recipes.

  • CassieOctober 26, 2009 - 7:35 pm

    I LOVE Real Simple! I didn’t know about some of those recipes, so I cut a select few out and added them to our cookbook. I love Cooking Light, too!

  • MichelleOctober 26, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    Ya-HOOOOOO!!! I got this in the mail a few weeks ago and THOUGHT about trying it… but I HATE when I go out on a limb, try a new recipe and am disappointed. I can’t even begin to tell you the thoughts and feelings I have when that happens! So, to read that you’re doing it leads me to BEG for your top recommendations AND the FLOPS that I should skip… Pretty PLEEEEEEEAAAASE!!!! 🙂

  • TinaOctober 26, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    So weird I JUST posted tonight about a Real Simple dessert I made! PS I’m totally the same way about always ordering the same thing at restaurants – maybe I should do this challenge! 🙂

  • AbbyOctober 26, 2009 - 9:21 pm

    My sister-in-law subscribes to it and whenever I am there I read it cover to cover. When I saw the title of your post I thought… I wonder if she’s talking about “Real Simple” I want a subscription!!

  • LisaOctober 27, 2009 - 8:55 am

    thanks for the recommendation – I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately and have seen this issue but haven’t picked it up!

  • AnnieOctober 27, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Apparently Real Simple is coming out with a cookbook of their best recipes, and I will be reviewing it on my blog in the next few weeks. Keep your eye out for that – maybe it will continue the challenge even longer.

  • AndreaOctober 27, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    YES! food, entertaining, decorating, fashion, cosmetics and parenting all wrapped up in one little perfectly chic mag. it’s like christmas when it arrives in my mailbox!

    by the way betsy, i am way jealous of your newly acquired sewing skills! it’s gonna be my new year resolution 🙂

  • nicole greenOctober 29, 2009 - 11:15 am

    isn’t this magazine just incredible!? my mom got me a subscription 2 years ago and i’ve been hooked ever since!

  • bridgetDecember 14, 2009 - 2:38 am

    LOVE That you wrote about this and would love to know the others that made the “awesome” list. I bought that month too and have been wanting to try some things out.