One of my favourite kitchen tools takes up no extra storage space, but definitely pulls its weight in terms of getting dinner on the table quickly, minimizing food waste, and helping me make sure that we’re eating a well-rounded diet. Can you guess what it is?
It’s a recipe sheet! Specifically, these fill-in-the-blank recipe sheets by Food52. There are five recipe sheets available for download on their site (PDF):
- Multi-Bean Chili
- Fried Rice
- Grain Bowl
- Lentil Soup
- Baked Pasta
I’ve been using these recipe sheets for a few months now and I love the concept. It’s great for nights when you’re staring at a bunch of disparate ingredients in the fridge without a clue as to how to bring them together.
Cooking this way has taught me to think creatively about leftovers and craft meals in a way that creates as little waste as possible. It has also taught me to stock the pantry with a variety of grains, oils, and spices to make sure that I’ve always got a few basics on hand to throw one of these recipes together at the last minute.
We also recently invested in some large, shallow bowls (I bought these bowls from Pier 1, but most home decor stores with carry similar open-stock bowls, including Crate & Barrel and IKEA). Who knew that new dishes could make such a difference? Every fill-in-the-blank recipe looks great when it’s served in a huge bowl:
The best part is that we eat tons of colourful vegetables this way, which helps ensure that we’re getting all the right vitamins and nutrients (as well as our daily quota of cheese, naturally).
What are some of your favourite easy tricks to make it easier to eat well at home?