I know this has been covered a hundred different times, so sorry in advance about that.
Nevertheless, I'm looking for some concrete strategies for how to find the time to do more scratch cooking. I've started to fall back on making some compromises --buying precut or frozen vegetables, for instance. I'm also relying on my crockpot more. Still, all I seem to be able to pull off more than once a week or so are very simple meals. Usually a broiled or grilled piece of chicken, meat or poultry with steamed or grilled veggies. And a side of a steamed grain of some sort or a piece of toast or a tortilla.
I'd really like to kick it up a notch and be able to produce some more ambitious, globally-inspired and healthful food, but I just can't seem to figure out how to squeeze it all in. I used to be a regular participant in the Cookbook of the Month threads and am almost never able to pull that off anymore. I don't want to become a meat and potatoes and mac and cheese family because I think I'd die of boredom.
Any suggestions for me? Resources or recipes or cookbooks that you recommend? Thank you.
I was thinking I might pick up a copy of Bayless Mexican Everyday. Maybe Bittman's Best Recipes in the World for easy inspiration?