Day 5: Make Breakfast Today & Plan Next Week's Breakfasts

The Cooking Cure Spring 2014

Day 5: Friday, March 7
Today's Assignment: Make breakfast!
Weekend Assignment: Plan all your breakfasts for next week
The Cooking Cure: See all assignments so far here.

Here we are at the end of first week of the Cooking Cure! How do you feel? Or the better question: how are you feeling about breakfast?

Your mission today, should you choose to accept it, is to make yourself breakfast. Your mission for the weekend is a little bigger.

Today's Assignment (Time Estimate: 5 to 30 Minutes)

  1. Make Breakfast This Morning: Hopefully this doesn't come as too big a shock after we did all our shopping and planning yesterday! Grab a pan and make that recipe you picked out. (If you jetted for work before seeing this assignment, no worries! Just enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning breakfast!)
  2. Share Your Breakfast with Us: We want to see what you made! Take a picture of your beautiful breakfast and let everyone know what you cooked this morning. Use the hashtag #cookingcure so we can all see.
  3. Take a Minute to Reflect: As you're digging into your eggs and enjoying your first cup of coffee, take a second to reflect. How did it go this morning? What worked well? What didn't? Did you feel frazzled? If you did some prep work last night, do you feel like it helped? What else would help?

Weekend Assignment (Time Estimate: 1 to 2 hours)

We might be moving on to lunch next week, but we're definitely not leaving breakfast behind! Your big goal next week is to make your breakfast and eat it every single day.

Think you can do it?!

Also — a side note! We know that some of you superstars already cook breakfast (and maybe every other meal) every single day. Go, you! So this may be old hat for you. We hope this Cure gives you some fresh ideas for your routine, but we'd also love to hear your voices loud and clear. Can you help us and everyone else with your daily cooking tips? We'll offer fresh ideas, but we want your coaching too. How do you plan out a week of breakfasts?

Here are some steps to work through over weekend that will make breakfast totally doable.

  1. Think Through Next Week's Breakfasts: Sit down at the table or your computer and let's think through all your breakfasts next week. What new recipes do you want to make? What easy, tried-and-true breakfasts do you want to mix in? You definitely don't need to feel like you have to make something from scratch every single day — you could just make one big breakfast on Sunday and portion it out all week long if that's what you decide. Try to work at least one new recipe into your plan.
  2. Write Down Your Plan: First, write down what you're planning to have for breakfast each morning, whether you're cooking, eating something made-ahead, or grabbing a bagel. Next, think about what steps you might need to take to make sure you actually get to make and eat the breakfast you have planned. Do you need to prep some ingredients on Sunday? Do you need to go to a special store for a particular ingredient or a new skillet? Do you need to set aside time on Tuesday night to make breakfast for your busy Wednesday morning? Break things down as much as possible and think about it from every angle.
  3. Make a Shopping List: With your plan in place, make a list of all the ingredients you need for your breakfasts next week. Also, think about any extra equipment or tools you might need — like containers for taking yogurt to work or a replacement lid for your blender so you can finally make smoothies again. If you've been thinking about making a big purchase, like a new juicer or a better coffee maker, maybe now is the time to treat yourself.
  4. Go Shopping: Grab your list and let's go!
  5. Prep on Sunday: Take a look back over your breakfast plan for the week and see if there's anything you can, or want to, make ahead. Most ingredients will keep for about a week in the fridge, so you can prep all the way to Friday if you want! This can be big tasks like making a batch of granola or baking a breakfast casserole, or you can do some little things like chopping mushrooms for Tuesday's omelet or making sure all your apples are washed and stored away. Whatever you need to do in order to make your weekday breakfasts a little easier, give yourself some time on Sunday to do it.

Share!

Share Your Weekend: We'd love to see some photos of your trip to the grocery store or your marvelous Sunday prep work! Remember to take Instagrams and tweets with #cookingcure so we can all ooh and ahh at each other's achievements.

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