food resolutions

Ah, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions! A lot of people are making resolutions about food this time of year, mostly about what they aren’t going to eat any more. While I’d love to swear off processed foods and cheese, I know myself enough to make resolutions I actually stand a chance at accomplishing. Here are my resolutions for 2013:

1. Ban all plastic and teflon from my kitchen. I threw away all my tupperware a few weeks ago, and have been using glass mason jars of various sizes to store my leftovers. It’s working out rather nicely. I also received a set of stainless steel pots and pans for Christmas, and so now I’m down to just a few teflon-coated pans until I buy a few more stainless steel pieces. My cooking utensils are still plastic, as is my cutting board… baby steps!

2. Eat more organic food. I graduated from college four months ago, but I’m still very much on what I lovingly refer to as “the starving college student diet.” I’ve been treating myself to buying a few organic vegetables and fruits at the store, and I figure that every little bit helps. If/when I land a salaried job this year, you can bet that I’ll be making the switch to all organic!

3.Engage with my fellow food bloggers. There are so many great local food blogs written by smart Austinites, and while I definitely read a lot of them on a regular basis, I rarely comment on their posts. I’m fairly shy by nature, and I’m working to overcome this in my personal and online interactions.

4. Make more meal plans and cook meals in advance. I work a full-time job and freelance on the side, and some days, it’s hard to come up with the energy to cook. If I planned my meals for the week and made a conscious effort to do some prep work on my days off, I would probably eat out much less and use all the food I buy instead of letting it go to waste. With all the money I’ll save by not wasting food and eating at restaurants, I’ll be able to buy more organic food!

5. Grow something with my own hands, then eat it. I have a great talent for killing my plants, consequently I’m absolutely terrified of starting a garden. I’m going to start with herbs and work my way up!

What are your resolutions?