Setting New Year Goals is all about reviewing where we’re coming from, and making plans for new opportunities going forward. Here are my New Year Goals for 2020 with some exciting plans for recipes, like my weekly einkorn sourdough bread, and also expanding meal planning, grocery budgeting and natural living for the whole family!
10 New Year Goals for 2020
Every year people talk about their “one word” or their New Year resolutions.
I don’t mess with that.
To my ESTJ enneagram type 1 personality, it doesn’t make sense to have big lofty ideas. That doesn’t work for me.
I need specific goals, and I need a path to achieve those goals. That path needs to lay out the baby steps I will take in order to make that goal a reality.
I’m a firm believer in reviewing where you’re coming from BEFORE making a plan to go forward. Before I share my goals for 2020, here’s a brief recap and update of my goals from 2019.
- Eliminate plastic storage containers. 100% – Early last year I bought 2 sets of glass containers at ALDI. Combined with the set I purchased from Costco the year before, it was enough to let us ditch plastic containers completely!
- Switch from modern wheat to ancient einkorn whole wheat. 100% – We’ve completely eliminated modern wheat from our kitchen and now bake exclusively with einkorn. (We switched because my daughter is sensitive to modern gluten. She can though, tolerate einkorn just fine!)
- Learn how to make einkorn sourdough. 100% – It took me almost the whole year, but I did it! Here’s how to make an einkorn sourdough starter, and here’s how to make an einkorn sourdough loaf, using all-purpose einkorn flour. I’m still working on the whole wheat version!
- Do more freezer cooking. 100% – Every week there is SOMETHING I put on the meal plan that I make double or triple of so I can put it in the freezer. Most recently it’s been a 3x batch of caramelized banana bread, 2x batch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, 3x batch of black bean and corn tacos (recipe coming soon!), einkorn sourdough loaves and black bean burgers.
- Dedicate one-hour meal prep sessions at least twice a month. 0% – I started 2019 off strong, but fell off the wagon after February. I also realized that as little time as one hour is, I don’t always have that time every month. Incorporating meal prep into the time I’m ALREADY spending in the kitchen is working much better. Still, I’m not ready to let this goal go just yet.
- Eat out the freezer. 0% – YIKES!!! We’ve now been here THREE years and we STILL haven’t emptied the freezer, LOL. This one is getting pushed to 2020.
- Eat more beans. 100% – We are SO GOOD on this goal, LOL. I eat lentils for lunch at least 5 times a week. Plus, we have a bean-based dinner, like my beans and rice recipe, at least twice a week.
- Create a grocery shopping strategy. 95% – I’ve been consistently making my meal plans on Sundays, then picking up groceries on Mondays. I go to Sprouts on Wednesdays and Costco when needed… that’s the last 5%. I originally wanted to go to Costco every other month, but it’s really an “as needed” basis. Honestly though, I’m okay with that!
- Have a pantry challenge. 0% – Goal not met, but it’s on the horizon for early 2020.
- Have a no-spend challenge. 0% – Honestly, I think I forgot about this one, LOL!!
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Recipes: 3 Goals for 2020
1. Learn how to make whole wheat einkorn sourdough consistently.
Why: Whole grains contain more nutrition that white, and it’s more affordable to buy whole einkorn berries and grind my own wheat than it is to buy pre-milled einkorn flour.
What This Will Look Like: I’m actually close to this goal already, but my loaves haven’t been consistent. I bake sourdough on a weekly basis, so my plan is to write down exactly what I do each week. When it works, try to replicate it.
2. Create a weekly sourdough routine.
Why: We all do really well with einkorn sourdough, but if I don’t put it in my weekly routine, it becomes “too much of a hassle” and I don’t think it should be.
What This Will Look Like: I’m not too far off from this goal, but I would like to be consistent. My plan is to include one no-oven meal each week, and proof the dough in the oven on that night.
3. Teach the kids one recipe by memory.
Why: In addition to being able to read recipes, I’d like my kids to know how to make a few recipes from memory when they leave the house.
What This Will Look Like: Intentionally bringing the kids into the kitchen with me when I’m making something that *I* don’t need a recipe for. They both know how to make scrambled eggs, but that’s really about it. I’m going to have to list out what recipes I want them to be able to make, and then put dates on the calendar to spend that time in the kitchen with them.
Meal Planning: 4 Goals for 2020
1. Dedicate one-hour meal prep sessions at least once a month.
Why: Having food ready-to-go in the freezer is a LIFE SAVER. I’m already reaping the benefits of making extras during the week, but it would be super helpful to have this dedicated time for meals in the freezer other than dinner.
What This Will Look Like: Saturday mornings were spent on long runs for the last half of 2019, so I’m going to move this goal to Sundays when I’m already in “kitchen mode” making my meal plan and shopping list for the week. When I come up with a solid plan, I’ll be sure to share it here on the blog, just like my previous One Hour Freezer Cooking: Breakfast and One Hour Freezer Cooking: Dump Dinner.
2. Eat out the freezer.
Why: We’ve been in our house for THREE years and while I’ve gone through the old food, we still have a lot of it. I’d also like to thaw the freezer and potentially switch to an upright freezer instead of the chest freezer we have.
What this Will Look Like: Going back to the basics – making a point to use the food we already have in the freezer before making more!
3. Plan one-pot meals weekly.
Why: I really enjoy one-pot meals, both on the stove and in the Instant Pot, I like this one, but so many of them come out mushy and not very pretty. I’d like to find 5-6 solid recipes that I can rotate in my meal plans to make busy nights just a bit easier. Here you can find some of my helpful tips on the Instant Pot!
What This Will Look Like: Research and testing, LOL!! I have a good sense of how a recipe will turn out based on the recipe itself, but there’s no 100% way to know unless you actually cook it. I’m hoping to have few misses and more hits here, as resurrecting a mushy recipe isn’t easy!
4. Time how long it takes me to cook dinner.
Why: We’re a busy family, just like you, and I want to make sure that the time I’m allotting to cooking dinner ACTUALLY MATCHES UP with the time it takes to cook dinner. Ideally, I’d like to have several recipes I know for a fact take 30 minutes or 60 minutes to make. That way when I’m making our meal plans, I’m putting in meals that fit the time I have to cook.
What This Will Look Like: Writing down what time I start dinner next to that meal on my meal plan, and writing down what time I’m done as well. There’s no sense in keeping a separate list when I already use my previous meal plans to make future meal plans. This keeps everything in one place!
Grocery Budgeting: 2 Goals for 2020
1. Have a Pantry Challenge.
Why: We’re blessed to have lots of healthy food stocked in the pantry, but sometimes it’s good to feel the pinch of the end of the month coming and the cupboards getting empty.
What This Will Look Like: We’ll likely embark on a no-spend month this year with a heavy focus on the pantry. I’m not sure when, but both Mr. Crumbs and I have already discussed the need for this to happen!
2. Create “what to buy and where” lists.
Why: Knowing what to buy at what stores makes grocery shopping SO MUCH FASTER!
What This Will Look Like: I have a general idea of what I buy from where, but it’s not written anywhere. And I want to make sure that the things I’m currently buying from local stores are really a good deal. I’m going to have to spend a few Sundays (when I make my meal plan and shopping lists) writing out my lists, and then a few more Sundays researching the prices.
Natural Living: 2 Goals for 2020
1. Find uses for the esseential oils I have.
Why: Young Living gives me free product every month and it’s adding up quickly! I’d like to better steward what I have and find creative and practical ways to use it. Plus if I use what I have, I can save money on replacement oils!
What This Will Look Like: Honestly, just lots of research into what the oils are good for. I’m sure I have plenty of oils that are great for skin or sleep or emotions and simply don’t know it.
2. Take and keep better stock of my natural living supplies.
Why: I like to have extras of certain things on hand, but I sometimes have too many of things I don’t need. For example, I want to have an extra bottle of lotion, but I don’t need 20 of them, LOL.
What This Will Look Like: I need to create a simple checklist of things I like to have on hand each month, and how much of them – like my husband’s favorite lotion or laundry soap. Then go through the list on a monthly basis to make sure I have what I need and nothing more.