Thoughts By Natalie

i resolve to…

I’m back! I hope you all had a lovely holiday break and enjoyed some quality time with those you love the most. Though I’m not usually one for New Year’s Resolutions—the traditional ones, anyway—this year (and as my very first real post of 2013) I feel inspired to make one. It doesn’t have to do with my weight, and it doesn’t have to do with exercise, but rather it has to do with an area of much-desired personal growth…

In 2013, I want to master the art of whole foods, plant-based cooking.

Brian and I have been eating vegan since September 2011 (read more about that here), and while I’ve learned many quick recipes to make for weeknight dinners and even a few fancy dinner parties, I still heavily rely on packaged food and pre-made items from Trader Joe’s.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful that food like that is readily available to me, and I’ve enjoyed relying on it for a very long time. However, recently I’m experiencing a very strange urge to actually make all of our food—vegan pesto, hummus, salad dressings, and, of course, real meals that include pots, pans and perhaps a baking sheet or two.

I’ve shared with you before about my personal battle against cooking dinner, so I’m just as surprised as you likely are by this strange new desire. But I have to say, I’m really thankful that I finally want to cook, rather than feel like it’s an annoying obligation.

If any of you want to join me in this resolution, let me know in the comments! Here are some great food and recipe blogs to get us all started on meal planning and finding whole foods, plant-based based recipes to make at home this year…

Are you making a 2013 resolution? Care to share?

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  • Shelley Paige
    January 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Natalie. I love to stop by your blog. Although we are not vegans in my house, I do need to cook more quality food. We do eat fresh food, but not enough! But, of course, we started the year with fresh peas and cabbage….along with with carrots. Anyhow, good luck with your cooking expedition and happy new year.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      January 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Hi Shelley! Thanks for reading :) I’ll be sharing the recipes I try in a new series, so stay tuned—just in case you need some ideas for fresh recipes in 2013!

  • Brian Borton
    January 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I really, really, really like this resolution. I’m going to enjoy taking advantage of all your delicious new homemade meals!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      January 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Hahaha, yes you will! And I’ll enjoy learning vicariously through you as you read more this year to satisfy your intellectual curiosity :)