New Year Resolution?

Happy new year KW!

Every new year is a great time to reflect on the past year and plan for the coming year. I love reflecting on what I did right and wrong in the previous year, then map out what I should start doing, continue doing, and stop doing for the new year. I also enjoy making new year resolutions. Though many of my friends and family think that resolutions are made only to be broken, I disagree. Of course, there will be resolutions from last year that I did not manage to accomplish, but that just forces me to think about how I should approach the resolution this year to ensure that I achieve it.

One of my new year resolutions last year was to eat a larger volume and greater variety of vegetables. When I was living alone, I used to only eat those frozen packs of vegetables with peas, carrots and corn. It is not that I do not like vegetables, but it is just due to my sheer laziness to wash, cut and cook vegetables that I stay with the same ole’ same ole’. I got out of this rut when Y and I started living together, since Y loves cooking and has the patience to cut and wash. I have also learned to enjoy preparing various in-season vegetables through trying out more salad recipes. It definitely helps to have our KW farmers market here!

One of the greatest kitchen tool that I purchased last year was the Zyliss Julienne Peeler. Inspired by Oh She Glows and the “Raw Pai Thai” at Marbles, I got this peeler from Amazon, only to find out later that Vincenzo’s also carry them. This little tool really helped increase my vegetables intake!

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I will never be able to eat 1 zucchini and half a carrot raw.

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However, once I julienne them into “noodles”, they become so much more manageable!

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I have not seen any other brands with such a Julienne peeler though, this is so useful I swear by it.

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There, roasted lamb on a bed of noodles. Yums!

I have been told that the best way to stick to your new year resolution is to announce it publicly in order to hold yourself accountable. Therefore, here’s mine for 2014: Try something new by the end of every month. Whether it is a new activity, a new food, a new recipe, a new book etc., by the end of the year, I want to have tried 12 new things. Have you decided on your new year resolution? If yes, share it so we can all keep you accountable. :)

Have a great 2014!!

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