[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] T[/dropcap]his doesn’t happen very often, but let me tell you about a time I had to break my word. In public.
It all started back in 2010…
It had been about 9 months since I’d left the corporate world to turn my blog into a business. I had just finished writing my book ‘5 Ingredients 10 Minutes’ and with all the recipe testing and photography pretty much everything I was eating contained 5 ingredients.
As I shared at the time, night after night my Irishman and I were blown away by how good my simple 5-Ingredients recipes tasted.
And so I made the ‘5 Ingredients’ pledge. To only ever cook recipes with 5 ingredients. That’s it.
Fast forward two years and you can see from this post, I went public with my decision to break my pledge.
Was it because the meal weren’t tasty enough? Was I getting bored with the constraint? Was I missing the ‘variety’ of larger ingredient recipes?
No. No. AND No!
If anything we were eating better than ever.
The problem was I got sick of counting.
And stressing about an extra ingredient here and there. Which kinda defeated the point of making life easier.
The other problem was it’s hard to find other recipes out there with so few ingredients. So it pretty much ruled out cooking from my cookbooks, magazines and fave food blogs – something I love to do.
But recently, when I was following one of my Soupstones Meal Plans as part of a dinner challenge, I was again reminded of my pledge. And all the joys that come from cooking simply.
Especially now I have a 2 year old in the house.
So what’s the number 1. way to simplify your meals?
You’ve probably guessed it…
Keep the number of ingredients to a minimum.
I like 5 but you don’t necessarily need to stick to a certain number.
As one of my students said,
“I can’t believe that cooking with so few ingredients could be so tasty… and easy!”
Want more simplicity?
If you’re interested in learning how to simplify not just recipes, but the whole of your life, then I recommend checking out A Simple Year.
It’s a 12 month program which focuses on simplifying different areas of your life each month. If you join us I’ll show you even more ways to simplify not only recipes but your kitchen and your approach to healthy eating.
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ps. This is the 6th and final year we’ll be running ‘A Simple Year’.
It’s something I’m really proud to be a part of not only sharing my expertise but also learning from the other contributors.
I love how there’s a different focus each month to keep me on track without feeling overwhelmed.
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Great tip! It does sound stressful having to count and limit yourself to just 5 every time. Minimum is a good number! ;) – Regine
Hi there! I keep trying to get your free ebook 5 ingredients, 10 minutes…can you help me? Thanks, Nicolè
This is the first time I encounter the idea to simplify my cooking and I quite like it. For the past year or so I’ve been eating heavy meals daily (for example – oven baked chicken with cream and cheese sauce and boiled broccoli – it’s quite delicious, but after just a few bites you feel full) and I felt and still feel like I’m eating stones or whatnot. Everything I make is very delicious but also heavy.
I’m glad that I came across your post today, I may not promise to stick to the minimum ingredients, but I’ll definitely give it a go. I think I’ll succeed in purifying the way I eat. After all, if I feel good and if the food looks and tastes so delicious as your fish recipe, why wouldn’t I?
Thank you for the inspiring article!