52 Meals

My 2017 New Years Resolution was to make 52 new meals. (Spoiler alert: I was successful). I had been making the same basic meals since I first moved into an apartment 3 years ago; things like spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad, chicken and rice. Occasionally I’d try something new, but the task of looking up a recipe, buying the ingredients, and actually making it always seemed like a lot. So I decided to make it my New Years Resolution, to make myself do it. The goal wasn’t necessarily to become a better cook, but to find some new recipes that were simple enough to add into my standard cycle of meals.

Obviously, making a new recipe each week would be the logical way to go about it, but I didn’t set that as a rule for my resolution. It was going well for the first 4 months, but then I moved to Toronto. Moving to Toronto was a big adjustment, especially coming from the wee town of Stratford. I was also fresh out of university and starting a new job I wasn’t entirely sure I was qualified to do. So, making new recipes took a seat on the sidelines while I adjusted to my new life as a Torontonian.

And to be honest, I should have seen this coming, but once I wasn’t making new recipes, I lost the habit of it. So for most of the summer, I wasn’t making new recipes. Eventually the fear of falling so behind that I wouldn’t be able to catch up kicked me back into gear. I also now had more disposable income, so I ventured into some fancier recipes that called for ingredients I had been hesitant to buy previously. (The Bulk Barn is also my new favourite store.)

In the end, I actually ended up finishing before the end of the year. Probably a good thing too, because I’ve spent the past two weeks visiting my family, and whenever I go back home, any routine or habits I’ve established fall to pieces.

There are some recipes that were okay, but I probably won’t make too often. And there are definitely a couple that I won’t ever make again. But there are a handful that have already been made multiple times because I like them so much. So without further ado, here are the 52 new recipes I made in 2017:

  1. Spinach salad with dried cranberries, avocado, chicken and poppyseed dressing
  2. Oatmeal Banana ‘Cupcakes’
  3. Chicken Taco Quinoa Skillet
  4. Asiago Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce
  5. Butternut Squash Soup
  6. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie *
  7. Red Velvet Cookies
  8. Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
  9. Bread
  10. Korean Style Pork Chops
  11. Vol au vents
  12. Roasted Chickpeas
  13. Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice
  14. Broccoli Salad
  15. Shrimp Fried Rice
  16. Ginger-Tomato Chicken
  17. Thai Red Curry Coconut Shrimp *
  18. Pasta sauce
  19. Quinoa with Peppers and Sausage
  20. Poppyseed Chicken Casserole *
  21. Creamy Spinach Mac & Cheese
  22. Coated Cauliflower
  23. Butter Tarts
  24. Creamy Shrimp Alfredo
  25. Moroccan Couscous
  26. Mini Crustless Quiche
  27. Mediterranean Sole
  28. Pad Thai 
  29. White Chocolate Cranberry Scones
  30. Cream Cheese Wontons *
  31. Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti *
  32. Grilled Veggies with Feta *
  33. Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken *
  34. Sugar Cookies 
  35. Royal Icing 
  36. Buttermilk Pancakes 
  37. Cornish Hen 
  38. Oven Stuffing
  39. Chicken Parmesan *
  40. Ferrero Rocher Brownies 
  41. Vegetarian Pasta Dish 
  42. Slow Cooker Broccoli Soup *
  43. Tortellini Lasagna 
  44. Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Peppers *
  45. Ham and Potato Corn Chowder *
  46. Honey Garlic Salmon
  47. Chicken Soup
  48. Chunky Creamy Mushroom Soup
  49. Hasselback Potatoes
  50. Vanilla Cake
  51. All In One Cookies (which I could technically count as 5 different recipes…)
  52. Cinnamon buns *

The recipes without links are ones I got from a real actual cookbook (gasp). And the ones with an * are the ones I will definitely be making again.

My 2018 New Years Resolution is 52 new places. A daunting task, but I’m going to hark back to my 2016 New Years Resolution, which was to be more spontaneous. I think the two of these will go together very well. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll document it here.

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