I love your site and how you put your own spin on recipes. I was wondering how long/many attempts does it usually take for you to get your recipe right? I had an idea for oatmeal made overnight in the crock pot/slow-cooker, so that my husband could have it at 4:30 am before heading out to work. I found a recipe on another site and the results weren’t to our taste, so I know I’ll be going through some trial and error until I get it the way we like it. Is this how you come up with some of your recipes? How many attempts until you either have it or give up? Just curious, do you have a crock pot oatmeal recipe? Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
What a fun question! Let me answer the simple one first so I can get all long winded about the other. :)
I do not have a crock pot oatmeal recipe although I’ve been considering trying it. I know others that do and I hope they chime in the comments. :)
Now onto my recipes, which I try REAL hard not to call recipes but ideas. For most of my dinner ideas I take one shot at it and I’m usually happy. I mean there are some I continue to experiment with like the Salisbury Steak with Noodles and I probably make it a little different every time. You have to remember my goal with GreenLiteBites isn’t to provide exact recipes that are perfect, I’m not a chef. My goal is to inspire and provide ideas to lighten and health up everyday meals. Most of my posts are more like archives of what I did to make the dish I made for dinner that night.
However, when it comes to more baking ideas, like Whole Grain Pancakes and Whole Wheat Banana Muffins I experimented a bit before posting. These ideas started with a goal (i.e. making a good 100% whole grain pancake) and I wouldn’t post it until I got to a certain point with the recipes. I’m doing this now with some cookies ideas. I’ve already made 2 batches trying to get them just right and I’ve been getting everyone I know to taste test them! If you remember my whole wheat pizza dough idea took weeks! My family was sick of pizza when I was on that mission! lol
Now, there are times I have complete flops that I don’t post about. It happens! :) Normally it’s when I’m trying to push the envelope reducing fat or using all whole grain flour without compensating for it. But again, my goal is to inspire and learn with you. To me it’s all about the journey, sharing and learning together along the way. This worked, this didn’t, kind of stuff.
Another goal of mine is to show people they don’t have to be a slave to recipes and they don’t have to have formal training to cook good healthy meals for their family. It’s about having fun, involving the kids and not blindly adding a stick a butter just because that’s what mom did. :)
Thank you SO much for the question, I hope I didn’t babble too much on ya!