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Because we’re always striving to be at our culinary best
What do you resolve to do in the year of 2013? Culinary speaking, that is.
A new diet, working out, less booze — these are all common resolutions that people aim to stick to when starting a new year. No matter what the theme, whenever that clock strikes midnight on the first of January, everyone (well, mostly everyone) resolves to do something good for themselves in the upcoming 365 days of the year, whether it’s doing something to improve their lives or getting rid of something that doesn’t.
Read More: The Daily Meal Editors' New Year's Resolutions Slideshow
No surprise here: The Daily Meal editors have many goals for 2013, and lots of them have to do with food. Despite our collection of culinary savvy, which we share with you here on a daily basis, we’re constantly looking to improve ourselves in the world of food in and outside of the kitchen, and there’s no better time to do so then at the start of the new year.
For some editors, their resolutions are to start cooking with certain foods more, and for others, they're aiming to start cooking with certain foods less. A lot of editors have a bucket list of dining spots to hit before the year’s done, and others resolve to host more dinners in their own homes. From baking and cooking gadgets to New York’s brisket circuit, our resolutions span the culinary world and provide lots of inspiration for you, too.
Some people have more than one resolution to undertake; others keep it simple with one concrete goal. No matter how many resolutions we have or what they are, everyone at The Daily Meal is looking to be a better person in the world of food. How will you be one?
Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce
10 New Year's Resolutions InStyle Editors Are Planning to Actually Keep
It's that time of the year. The gym memberships are signed, the junk food is thrown away, and a chorus of "new year, new me" rings out across the nation. It's great to create goals and resolutions, but how many times have you vowed to make a major change only to feel disappointed a week later when something prevents you from keeping that goal?
Things come up. An unexpected bad day leads to a slice of pizza. A blizzard threatens your daily workout. Sometimes when you put too much pressure on a major life change or resolution, it can backfire in a big way. At InStyle, we are all for making major changes, but sometimes it's the gradual ones that make the biggest impact. Instead of vowing to "never eat out," we are going to try to cook a new meal each week. Avoid promising an hour of yoga every day, and instead start with just five minutes of meditation.
Here, InStyle staffers share with you the resolutions that they are actually planning on keeping in 2017. To making it count!
Hiking Across Los Angeles
I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles last year, and I’ve been slowly exploring the city and all the different things it has to offer. One of my favorite things about L.A. is the amazing number of hikes throughout it (and no bridges to cross to get to them!). This month it’s my mission to take on some of the treks that I’ve been meaning to do since arriving. Number one on my list? Hiking in Griffith Park—hopefully all the way to the Hollywood Sign! —Nena Farrell, Associate Home Editor
Meal Plan Recipes
Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake
Quinoa and black beans come together in this super flavorful vegetarian dish that is a healthy way to start the week. Fresh bell peppers and jalapeño peppers are seasoned with chili powder, cumin, and lime juice and then mixed with quinoa, black beans, and Mexican cheese blend creating a protein-rich and gluten-free taco bowl.
Nutrition Tip: Quinoa comes in different colors: white, red, or tri-color. Any of them will work for this recipe, providing a great source of protein, iron, and fiber.
Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs get the perfect sweet and savory sauce of honey, garlic, low sodium soy sauce in this pressure cooker recipe that is ready in less than 30 minutes. Make a side of rice and steam some pre-cut fresh broccoli while the chicken cooks to round out the meal.
Nutrition Tip: You can substitute chicken breasts for the thighs if you prefer. Buy antibiotic-free, natural chicken when available.
Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Shallots
This quick and easy pork chop recipe is ready in about 35 minutes, looking and tasting like you ordered it from a fancy restaurant. Pork chops are cooked in butter in a skillet, transferred to a plate, and then mushrooms and shallots are cooked in the same skillet, making this a one-skillet meal that is rich and flavorful without much fuss.
Nutrition Tip: Make a side of sauteed kale and brown rice for a touch of green and whole grain.
Korean Beef Bowls
Soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes bring perfectly balanced flavor to ground beef in these quick and easy Korean-inspired bowls. Brown rice and the seasoned ground beef are topped with fresh carrots and cucumber creating a colorful and healthy dinner. The bonus is that they are ready in 20 minutes!
Nutrition Tip: Substitute ground chicken or ground turkey for the ground beef to make a lighter version.
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup I Ever Made
Carrots, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes are seasoned with taco seasoning and then blended with cheese and avocado, creating a creamy and super flavorful tortilla soup. Chicken, black beans, and corn are then added to give protein and texture in this quick and easy meal that is a crowd-pleaser any night of the week.
Nutrition Tip: Skip the chicken and use vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth to make this a vegetarian meal.
Alli is a Certified Nutritionist and yoga instructor that talks about nutrition on a weekly YouTube show for Relish. She has loved food and nutrition since taking her first health class in the fourth grade. She got her Master of Science in Nutrition degree from Bastyr University and worked in nutrition research at the University of Washington Medical Center for over 8 years. She worked as a recipe editor and nutritionist for two prominent food websites and has been teaching yoga since 2013. She was a judge on the cooking show Dinner Spinner on the CW. She is always ready for a long walk, a glass of wine, and a good book.
Make Tinier New Year’s Resolutions This Year
Welcome. A group of friends and I used to gather for brunch every year on New Year’s Day, and at the end of the meal, we’d each write a resolution on a slip of paper and put it in a hat. Then everyone drew from the hat, each receiving a random resolution, an assignment for the year from someone else at the table.
The resolution might be practical, something the person writing it hoped to do themselves: “Fold your clothes every night when you take them off,” “Sign up for voice lessons.” Or it might be something ridiculous: One year I drew, “Every morning when you wake up, stick your arms out at your sides, wiggle your fingers and say, “It’s showtime!”
We were trying to add some whimsy to resolution-making, to make entertaining a self-improvement practice that can sometimes feel punishing. As a result we were nudged out of our comfort zones (the friend who drew the “voice lessons” resolution actually took some lessons, something he wouldn’t have done otherwise). Since we hadn’t come up with the resolutions ourselves, they seemed like fun challenges rather than aspirations in pursuit of which we could fall short. (It took about a month for “It’s showtime” to fade from my morning schedule, but I still do it every now and then: a silly, theatrical flourish to start the day.)
For 2021, why not go gentle on the resolutions, keeping in mind that your nerves might be frayed, your zest for a life overhaul a bit depleted? Just as, earlier in the pandemic, I suggested making tiny changes in your day in order to create a routine instead of adopting a rigid schedule, you might look at resolutions as ways to tinker with your habits, not to totally replace them.
My colleague Christina Caron wrote a wonderful guide to downsizing your resolutions. Instead of declaring, “This is the year I get fit!,” start with something small, specific and attainable — this might be resolving to take a walk or jog, do a yoga video or stretch before bed a certain number of times per week. A small, achievable resolution is the perfect foundation on which to build. Get the satisfaction of following through on a reasonable goal, then you can build on it over the course of the year.
While you’re mulling your resolutions, I recommend this story about a service in D.C. that sells books by the foot to those who want to appear well-read on video calls.
I am enjoying the KCRW podcast “Welcome to L.A.,” in which the journalist David Weinberg tells a different, magical story about the city in each episode. My favorite episode so far: “The Case of the Missing Sprinkles,” about, among other things, the history of “The People’s Court.”
And here’s The Zombies performing “This Will Be Our Year” live in a bike shop in Austin in 2013.
What’s your small, manageable resolution for 2021? What tiny change will you commit to on this first day of the new year? Write to us: [email protected] Include your name, age and location. We’re At Home. We’ll read every letter sent. As always, more ideas for leading a good life at home, all year long, appear below.
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How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year
New year, new me. It’s a popular mantra that we all tell ourselves going into a new year—vowing that this will finally be the year we’ll actually stick to our resolutions.
The truth is, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. While that number may seem daunting, it’s simply a sign that we’re not going about it in the right way.
It’s also no surprise that a large majority of these resolutions fall within the healthy eating category— 43 percent of Americans say they plan to lose weight and make healthier food decisions.
So if you fall into this percentage of people looking to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle—and you’re already feeling daunted in the second week of this new decade—here’s some practical advice on how to make 2020 your success story:
Set Realistic Goals
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“I think we have to sit back and say what is realistic in your lifestyle?” says Dr. Joan Salge Blake, author of Nutrition & You and a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University.
If you’re not already an avid gym-goer, setting a goal to go to the gym five times a week is likely not going to stick, says Salge Blake. Instead, you should tell yourself, “I’m going to make subtle changes that are obtainable and doable in my lifestyle,” she adds.
One subtle change, Blake notes, is to avoid eating late in the day—a habit that’s proven to lead to rapid weight gain. “Many of us consume the majority of our calories later on in the afternoon and evening,” says Blake. “But when you think about this logically, when you need energy the most is when you first get up until 5 p.m.”
Seek Some Assistance
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“Talking to a registered dietitian is important,” says Sandra J. Arevalo, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. “People try to make changes all the time, but if you don’t succeed you need to know why, and a registered dietitian can help you figure out where the problem is, and offer solutions and ways to achieve your resolutions this time.”
You can also hold yourself accountable through one of many popular food-tracking apps. And meal kit delivery services with specific healthy-eating plans can also help. One that goes all-in is Sakara, a prepared meal delivery service that focuses on vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, superfood-packed options. Read our Sakara review to see if it’s worth it, and check out other healthy meal kit options.
Temporary actions don’t usually yield permanent results. Since the word “diet” tends to carry an expiration date, many choose to call their process a habit or lifestyle change instead.
“If you follow one of the [dieting] fads you could possibly lose a lot of weight real fast but you will regain it once you go back to your old eating habits,” says Arevalo.
Make Some Plans
Bookmark These Healthy Eating Cookbooks Coming Out in 2020 Of course when we’re on the go, it’s easy to resort to the convenience of fast food. But Salge Blake offers another solution to fast-paced lives—one that still saves time without compromising healthy eating: pre-planning meals for the week in advance.
“ It’s interesting because people will often say planning takes time—it does take time, but it takes little time compared to the amount of time that is being wasted standing on line getting food on the go,” says Salge Blake.
But Salge Blake is also realistic: “I’m not saying all of them but most of them—your breakfast and your lunch and most of your dinners. I know with dinners you want to have some spontaneity but it can’t be spontaneous every night.”
Check out our favorite meal prep staples, meal prep containers, tips for Instant Pot meal prep, and meal prep cookbooks to keep you inspired and on track.
Give It Time
Arevalo remembers a patient of hers who was looking to lose weight. At first, the patient quickly gave up because she felt she wasn’t seeing enough results for the time she was putting in. The second time around, she set a different goal: “S he made her resolution to be a different woman, to achieve her goal weight regardless of length of time and she came to see me for help.”
“We worked for a couple of months, setting smart goals at each bi-weekly visit, doing weekly weight checks and keeping a food diary. Time wasn’t her goal this time, just the weight,” says Arevalo.
"I will write at least 4k words outside of work every week, whether that be fiction, poetry, or personal reflection. Whatever it may be, I just want to keep my weekly word count up! If 2016 was Kylie Jenner's Year of Realizing Things, let 2017 be my Year of Writing Things." -Kim Duong, digital fashion assistant
"My resolution is to try and go for a 20 minute walk every morning with my dog (with the exception of NYC blizzards and rainstorms). Not only will it get both of us out of bed and into the fresh air for a few minutes, but it'll also be great for my step count since I've been obsessing over my new Fitbit Alta and beating the daily step goals. However, I can't promise I'll look cute at 6 a.m.--sorry in advance for the PJs, neighbors!" -Rachel Crocetti, digital producer
10 Savory Quick Breads to Bake All Fall, Including a Pepperoni Pizza Loaf
Now that the season has arrived that you might deign to turn your oven on again you may be asking yourself, “Does this mean I’m required to produce Instagram-worthy sourdough?” The quick answer is, only if you want to. If memories of the spring Season of Sourdough has you longing for a less labor-intensive staple bread this fall, look no further than quick breads.
A Deeper Dive The Complete Guide to Easy Quick Bread Quick breads are so named because they rely on leaveners—rising agents—other than yeast, divorcing you from the lengthier proofing stage that yeast breads require. You can be enjoying a fresh-from-the-oven quick bread just about an hour after you started mixing it. The most well known quick breads are the banana, zucchini, and pumpkin bread varieties. Excellent candidates for fall baking, yes, but their sweetness and texture might compel you to lump them into more of a “cake” category than bread.
Savory quick breads, however, are just that: savory and quick. Quick breads are more defined by the ratio of flour to baking soda than by any other additions. Minus the sugar and moisture-rich ingredients, what you have is a simple, blank-slate bread that can accommodate all manner of additions, including savory ones. Especially savory ones. Here we offer 10 recipes for savory quick breads that may inspire you to turn on your oven every day this fall.
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Onion and Poppy Seed Quick Bread
The poppy seeds may deceive the eye into thinking you’ve got a sweet bread in front of you, but their gentle nuttiness is contrasted with a healthy dose of savory-but-also-sweet caramelized onions. An excellent matchup for a fall soup or stew. Get our Onion and Poppy Seed Quick Bread recipe .
MIRA Editors Talk New Year’s Resolutions
Well, we’re officially one month into 2013…right around the time when most of us are either feeling pretty positive about our New Year’s resolutions or ready to toss them out the window entirely. We asked a few of the MIRA editors to weigh in on how they were managing with their resolutions so far…
Kate Studer, Editorial Assistant: I’ve been trying to focus on the big picture more and not let little details get in the way. Returning to work after maternity leave has put me in a position where I suddenly have a busier-than-ever schedule and I can’t afford to sweat the small stuff.
One month in, I don’t think I’ve even had time to sweat the small stuff! But it’s been going well. I’m staying focused on what matters most each and every day (which sometimes changes day to day!)and the little things that used to bother me (“Why are there dirty socks on stairs?”) aren’t allowed more than a fleeting thought. I think my days would be a lot more stressful if I wasn’t making more of an effort to let the little things go.
Paula Eykelhof, Executive Editor: My first resolution is to make some resolutions–haven’t actually done that yet. Although I have vague ideas and even vaguer plans and some really nice little notebooks to write them in…once they’re formulated. One for sure will be my usual: De-cluttering. At home, at work. Just need to get some specifics down. Can’t do it today, though. Have to get back to the terrific new Brenda Novak book I’m editing…
Erika Imranyi, Senior Editor: Everyone knows that editors are married to their jobs, so my resolution this year is to find better work-life balance, so I can spend more time with my real husband, and maybe work on those other resolutions like using my gym membership and cooking at home more. Have I stuck to it? If only there were as many hours in the day as there are pages in a manuscript…
Michelle Venditti, Editorial Assistant: I only made one resolution this year (it just seemed more achievable to dream small this time around). So for 2013, I’ve resolved, if you can believe it, to read more. The caveat? I need to read more for pleasure. When you work in editorial, you spend a solid amount of every workday reading and editing manuscripts. By the time you get home, the idea of “relaxing” with a good book can feel dangerously close to working. But I’ve found that once I push past my initial desire to veg in front of the TV all night, the pure joy of getting lost in a tension-filled, page-turner of a novel is one of the best ways to spend an evening.
How am I doing so far? Well, I’m about to start my third “pleasure read” of the year, and it’s still January! So I’d say so far, so good.
What are your resolutions for 2013, and have you stuck with them so far?