Cookbooks & Recipes

Eating clean and healthy is a huge passion of mine.  I find that so funny to say because I used to have such a negative relationship with food.  Most of my life was spent not understanding nutrition and depriving myself of food.  I didn’t understand how much harm I was doing to myself, or if I did understand, I was in denial.  Now, I am happy to say that I have a good relationship with food and I am always looking to learn more.  I now know that food is fuel and if I give my body the right fuel it will function optimally.

I’m always on the lookout for new cookbooks.  Paleo.  Gluten-free.  Any ‘ol recipe actually.  I can always make ingredient adjustments to make a recipe paleo and/or gluten-free.  I love doing that.  Experimenting.  That’s what M.U.D. is all about!  Finding fun even in the most unexpected of places.

I work in a library.  I am around books all day.  I love when new cookbooks come in, and if they look interesting enough I will usually check them out.  Up till now, I would page through the cookbooks and see recipes that look interesting, but really not do much more about it.  I would just kinda file it away in my mind and hopefully remember, “Hey, I want to make that chicken dish tonight.  I remember the recipe was in this book.”  Silly, I know.

Living M.U.D. I try to make mindful decisions everyday.  Last week I had checked out some cookbooks from work and I was finding so many great recipes that I wanted to try.  And that’s when I had my “Ah-ha” moment.  I’ll make my own cookbook!  I will start purposefully finding recipes that I want to make and either cutting them out from magazines or photocopying them from books and put them in a notebook.


I bought myself a cheap composition book, and I started my new experiment.  I know it’s not a novel idea, but it’s a mindful idea and it’s an idea that will help me with meal prep every week.

Every Sunday my husband and I sit down with our work schedules.  We figure out what days we are working late, the days we can have dinner together (which is very important to me), the days we have off, etc…  Then, we make a plan for the week of what to have for dinner.  If we are both home for dinner, we will cook something that night.  Sometimes that’s venison, potato and veggie other nights it’s chicken, etc… If we are both not home for dinner or if we are literally short on time we will prepare a meal ahead of time that we can quickly heat up (in the oven NEVER the microwave… more on that another time).  We make everything from scratch.  No shortcuts for us.  No boxes or frozen meals or processed foods.  We make clean eating a priority.

Having this composition book that I am compiling recipes in will definitely be a time saver.  When my husband and I sit down to figure out the meal plan for the week, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas.  I always remember there are recipes that I want to try, but up till now I haven’t actually had them accessible to me.  Sometimes I’d go on Pinterest to get ideas.  Now, I can just pull out my composition book and scan through some fun recipes that we haven’t tried yet.


Right now in my composition book I have eleven recipes.  Some of the ones I’m most excited to try include: Mix ‘N’ Match Chicken Wings, Buttermilk Panfried Chicken, Dry-Rubbed Grilled Steak, Lemon-Pepper Chicken Wings, Homemade Buffalo Sauce, Garlic-Thyme Mashed Potatoes, and Chocolate Banana Pudding.  All of these recipes will be made gluten-free and/or paleo and I can’t wait to share them with you on here as I try them.  One of them I have already shared and that is the Bulgarian Style Yogurt (which would you believe we didn’t have the recipe written down until now, my husband just had the entire recipe memorized!)  And with it being summer, I can get most of my ingredients fresh straight from the Farmer’s Market and the farm.


With each recipe I put in my composition book, I make sure to write down where I found the recipe.  If it’s a magazine I write down the magazine title and which issue it was found in.  If it’s a book, I write down the title and author.  I like to have a point of reference so I know where a recipe originated from, and then make my notes on the adjustments that I made to it.

Two cookbooks that I took out recently that I really liked were:

The Whole 30 book is part of another type of “diet”, but like I said I don’t subscribe to diets.  I prefer lifestyle changes.  I took out this book from the library because it had some great whole food recipes that I wanted to try, but as far as following the Whole 30 diet, nope that is not for me.  I prefer to live M.U.D. and make my own Mindful Unique Decisions, do my own research, and make discoveries for myself.  I do think it’s important though to read through various nutrition books, and take bits and pieces from each different school of thought.  I think that’s how you end up with a well-rounded attitude towards food.

I eat paleo, but don’t follow every-little-thing that paleo says you should.  I eat gluten-free but that is for health reasons and I never buy gluten-free processed foods.  Instead, I make sure all my food is whole, fresh, and full of good nutrition that will help provide optimal fuel for my body.  That’s not to say that sometimes I don’t have a candy bar or potato chips or ice cream.  Hey, you still have to have fun!  It’s just in moderation and making sure that 95% of the time you are making those Mindful Unique Decisions.  Have fun with the other 5%, but do it in moderation.

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