What’s the Worst That Can Happen When You Experiment In the Kitchen?

Editor’s Note: This post comes to us from Sara B., our self-designated Worst Chef in The Kitchen. As you’ll figure out when you read on, she’s the opposite of the worst! Here and in real life, she has inspired me to branch out of my comfort zone when it comes to what’s for dinner. Read on to see if she inspires you, too.

I am typing this with a bandaid and finger condom on. Yup, I was chopping chicken and the knife slipped. I chopped off a good chunk of my middle fingernail. Sexy, huh? 

Why did I tell you that? Because there are some days I am off. Professional chefs use the claw grip when chopping, and I still haven’t figured that out yet. I don’t want to try and fool anyone into thinking I am a pro in the kitchen; I am just a person who enjoys food and has had a lot of practice.

So let’s talk food. That’s what we’re here for, right?

I never had Indian food before I started working at TRGL. I never cooked with coconut milk or curry powder. But, wowzers, I am so glad I have been introduced to it! The first time I tried Ryan’s chicken tikka masala, I was blown away. It was creamy and bursting with flavor, with just enough heat to warm you but not run for a glass of milk. Wow. I wanted to learn more!

So I started adventuring at home. I have always wanted (and needed) to add more lentils and turmeric into my diet for the health benefits (in addition to my anemia). I found a recipe for Instant Pot Lentil Soup. I was a little wary as it had carrots and spinach in it, which I am not the biggest fan of, but YUM. Not only was this recipe super healthy and easy, the flavor was on point. Winner winner, (non-)chicken dinner!

Then I found a recipe for dahl. I waited for months to try it, as I was intimidated. Boy, was that a mistake. Again, really easy, healthy, and incredibly tasty. My mom, who admittedly doesn’t really like Indian food, loved it. My husband, who would be happy with meat and carbs, even liked it. Turns out I didn’t even get any of the leftovers as it flew out of our fridge faster than I could get my hands on it.

Lesson? Don’t be afraid of trying something new. The worst that could happen is that it tastes like feet and you order a pizza. The best? You find a family-friendly meal that is packed with nutrition and flavor.

I’ve linked the two recipes above. Let me know if you try it, and of course, share pics! Thanks to Pinterest for helping me find these!