Food Blogger Bites: What's your biggest food challenge for the year?Babble Editors
It’s hard not to feel like you get a clean slate to start fresh in January. Everything that we think needs a makeover comes to the forefront — and eating habits are one of the most common things we aim to change in the new year (and as parents, it’s a goal that’s not just about us). Even our top 100 food bloggers have areas of their kitchen expertises that they’d like to improve, whether it’s vowing to order take-out less, or trying out a totally new technique (homemade cheese, anyone?).
If you’re starting out 2013 feeling uninspired in the kitchen, or just feel like you could use a new culinary challenge, read what some of Babble’s Top 100 Food Bloggers had to say about their new yums — er, New Year’s — resolutions.
Expand my kids palate 1 of 21I just want to keep expanding my daughter's palate. Since we are having a new baby soon, I also want to maintain healthy habits to model good behavior and keep the kids healthy.
- Kelsey, The Naptime Chef
Get your little ones to eat more greens with these 3 kid-friendly veggie recipes
Try new fruits and veggies 2 of 21I pledge to introduce more foods to my family, experiment more with produce, and try new things. I will buy one new fruit or vegetable every time I go to the grocery store.
- Bree, Baked Bree
Trying to eat more veggies too? Make these 7 roasted vegetable recipes your family will love
Start slow-cooking 3 of 21Break out the crockpot. I might need to buy one first. I know people LOVE crockpot recipes — especially busy families. My husband has been begging me to make crockpot stews, chili and roasts.
- Marla, Family Fresh Cooking
Need some crockpot inspiration? Try these 10 slow cooker recipes for winter
Cut back on desserts 4 of 21[My resolution is] to stop eating dessert all the time. I am a dessert junkie and I don't feel like a meal is complete without something sweet. If I could just give up this addiction, I'm sure I would lose 5 lbs. in the first month!
- Karen, 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Have a sweet tooth? Replace dessert with one of these fun fruit recipes!
Make more freeze-ahead meals 5 of 21I'm going to try to stock up my freezer with meals. I like the idea of spending one day making a bunch of meals so we can have quick home-cooked dinners on those busy weekday nights when I don't have much time.
- Megan, Food and Whine
Needs some freezer meal ideas for your busy nights? Check out these 15 great freeze-ahead dishes
Cook more vegetarian meals 6 of 21This year, I want to continue to expand my vegetarian repertoire. Learning how to cook in a new way for everyday meals takes time. But, with experimentation and practice, I hope my "vegetarian recipe section" will continue to grow.
- Caroline, Whipped
Going veggie? These 16 vegan slow-cooker recipes will get you started
Make cheese 7 of 21I want to experiment more with cheese-making. That's something I've always been drawn to. Let's see how it goes.
- Najwa, Delicious Shots
Want to get a quick queso fix? Try these 16 ways to make grilled cheese
Eat more grains 8 of 21To experiment with healthier grains like quinoa, amaranth, wheat berries and spelt. Truthfully, I'm a little scared of anything that's not rice, but I know we should be adding different whole grains to our family diet. I'm trying to get over my aversion.
- Erika, In Erika's Kitchen
Want to try new grains but not sure where to start? Try these 20 creative ways to eat them
Make my own crackers 9 of 21
Try new allergen-free recipes 10 of 21Make more NEW recipes that are allergen friendly … there can never be enough!
- Kelly, Food Allergy Mama
Want to try allergen-free cooking? Start with these egg-free, nut-free, and dairy-free chocolate chip cookies
Learn how to butcher poultry 11 of 21To sharpen my knives more. To drink less wine. To eat more meals with my children. To have more dinners out with my husband. To learn how to elegantly butcher (instead of mangle) poultry.
- Phyllis, Dash and Bella
Want to serve better poultry? Try one of these 9 ways to cook a whole chicken
Order in less 12 of 21My New Year's resolution is pretty much always to try and order in less — I typically cook or forage for leftovers 4 to 5 nights a week, but I'd like it to be 6 or 7.
- Merrill, Food52
Eat less takeout with these 12 easy cook-once, eat-twice dinners
Get the kids cooking 13 of 21I want to involve my kids more in the kitchen, learning to make simple things like homemade granola bars on their own with little help.
- Katie, Kitchen Stewardship
Get your children more involved in the kitchen with these kid-friendly recipes
Be more prepared for quick dinners 14 of 21
Make more homemade pasta 15 of 21
Eat healthier snacks 16 of 21Because we have "cleaned" up our diet quite a bit, we are experimenting with all sorts of recipes that do not use processed sugars and flours. I would love to see our family continue to eat and learn more about how to prepare and enjoy recipes that replace some of those unhealthy ingredients with healthier ones. For example, we wanted something crunchy and salty as a snack but had just returned from a weekend away and we all indulged in sweets. We decided to experiment with beet chips so we could still enjoy a snack with a "crunch." They were delicious and very easy to make. Now, we are experimenting with kale chips, parsnip chips, etc.
- Sarah, Snippets of Thyme
Cleaning up your diet, but miss the crunchy snacks? Try kale chips!
Lay off the sugar 17 of 21I'm not one for resolutions, honestly. I'm a big fan of moderation. I will lay off the sugar and processed foods on occasion, especially in the beginning of the New Year. I have to reset my taste buds after all that sugar and comfort food I make during the holidays with simple dishes like this breakfast.
- Kate, Kate from Scratch
Cutting back on sugar too? Try these 7 naturally sweet desserts
Eat more salad 18 of 21Every year, I pledge to incorporate more salads into my cooking repertoire. A current favorite is fattoush.
- Sukaina, Sips and Spoonfuls
Eat more salad with these 20 recipes hearty enough for dinner
Eat more fermented foods 19 of 21While I'm not one for resolutions, I love that they remind us to do better. This year, I'm going to focus on taking plenty of bone broth, eating more wild-caught fish, eating liver at least once a week (it's loaded with vitamins), and eating plenty of fermented foods daily.
- Jenny, Nourished Kitchen
Eat more fermented food, like this delicious sautÃ©ed sauerkraut
Bake more 20 of 21I share more savory recipes on my blog than sweets. Last year, I pledged to make more desserts and I actually made quite a bit of Japanese desserts and ice cream recipes. This year, I pledge to continue making more desserts, especially baked goods. I'll be definitely baking more!
- Namiko, Just One Cookbook
Start baking more with these 20 dessert recipes in jars
Cut back on caffeine 21 of 21To kick the caffeine. I actually went without caffeine (other than the amounts in chocolate) for about 9 years until last year when we were going through so much craziness with my husband's busy travel schedule as a professional skydiver. Between various health issues with the kids, school, and a husband who is at work and traveling seemingly all the time, I started drinking A LOT of caffeine. I know I would feel better without it, but of course, feel like I can't function without it. My goal is to find a way to get the nutrition and rest I need to be able to get away from drinking so much caffeine!
- Holly, Phe-MOM-enon
Kick your caffeine habit while still enjoying comforting, warm beverages like this vanilla steamer with cinnamon
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