It’s an hour till dinner. You have no plan. You don’t want to run to the store, but you can’t come up with anything to cook with what you have on hand. Does this sound familiar? Most days, this is the story of my life.
What if you could just mark a check-list of the items you have in your cupboards and fridge, and then someone would tell you recipe after recipe of what you could make with what you have? Sound too good to be true?
I found this cool and crazy website the other day and I immediately thought of Liz.
The site is called… Cooking By Numbers.
You see, Liz is somewhat challenged in the cooking department. It’s not like she CAN”T cook. She has the necessary and knowledge skills to whip up a meal. She just gets stuck in the “choosing what to cook” step of the process, and never seems to be able to move on beyond it. Thus, the freezer full of Banquet dinners.
Liz, Cooking by Numbers is the perfect site for you, and the many others like you. (FYI – I have no connections to this site..not getting any sort of kick back for the plug. I just think it’s so amazingly cool!) But guess what? As I was trying it out for Liz, I discovered it’s also perfect for someone like me who cooks every night , but is just tired of fixing the same things over and over. And tired of running to the store almost every day to get some missing ingredient. With this site, you just cook with what you have on hand…which for Liz might actually necessitate a trip to the store for some basics in case all she has on hand is frozen meals.
So I decided to put Cooking by Numbers to the test. I pretended I was Liz and marked off standard items I think she would probably have in her kitchen. I then clicked to see just how many options Cooking By Numbers would come up with.
For the items I have in my fridge section I marked off:
For the items in the cupboard I marked off:
- cooking oil
- herbs & spices
I clicked “find recipes” and up popped 43 recipes that could be made with only the ingredients on these lists. (And many more which could be made by adding one or two more items.) 43 dishes from this simple list of basics. I am impressed and I think you will be too. Check out this site and let us know what you think.