3 Favorite Cookbooks for Light Cooking

Every year, the entire world (it seems) makes a resolution that sounds a lot like: eat healthier, eat lighter, cook more at home, lose weight, reset my diet, and the terrifying, dry January.

I’ll admit, my resolutions up until this year sounded a whole lot like that until I changed it up and made my resolutions a Bucket List, which you can read about here in more detail. One of my key ones, which is just for January, is a no-repeat dinner. It’s been a challenge so far and we’re only 8 days in! While I am aiming to cook lighter at home in general, I’m also aiming to learn a few new dishes and what better way than to really shake up what we eat for dinner all month?!

Here are my favorite cookbooks to help you stay on track with your lighter eating resolutions, or if you want to join me on a no-repeat dinner month!

  1. Food 52’s Mighty Salads

So, everything Food52 does is my favorite – they really never ever steer you wrong. This salad cookbook is one of my all time favorites, especially for a reset type month such as January. It has so many great ideas, and let’s be honest, I’m a sucker for a soft boiled egg on anything. While you might not want to get into the whole salad-for-dinner movement (my husband isn’t so thrilled when I serve one up for dinner), but there’s a ton of ideas for your lunch!

2019 Bucket List

I’m not a fan of “Resolutions.” They feel like rules, and I’m not really a fan of rules, and then I just know I’ll end up not sticking with them, so I don’t really like to make them. This year, I decided to just change the way I think about Resolutions by giving them a new feel – bucket list.

So, I’m starting off 2019 thinking about my 2019 Bucket List. It feels to me not as stringent as the almighty Resolution, and more fun, so I made my list comprise of 8 Bucket List items.

Sunday Habits

I’ve gotta share my not-so-guilty pleasure with you guys. Podcasts. I’m so completely hooked. One of my favorites is Gretchen Rubin‘s Happier Podcast. (You might know her from the book Happiness Project.)

Starting to listen to Happier has made me practice self awareness, recognizing my personality (totally a rebel, spot on, Gretchen!) and basically hack myself to be more productive.

One thing I’ve started in 2018 is a Sunday routine. I’ve been referring it to a routine or habits rather than “rules” because, as you can imagine (even without taking the personality quiz yourself), if I’m calling myself a rebel, rules are not a thing for me. I’m like, yeah, no thanks. RULES. Psh.

But this new Sunday Habit Routine thingy is totally working. In fact, I’m finding it challenging to fall asleep because I’m so prepared for Monday, I have nothing to stress about as I fall asleep.


I wanted to share my new routine with you because maybe it will help keep those Sunday Blues at bay and anxiety away. This routine is really helping my Monday anxiety and even throughout the week. Being a little more self aware is helping me recognize triggers and how I can stay ahead of it.