I’m Amy, and I proudly describe myself as a minimalist cook who lives practically and spends mindfully. I don’t like complicated recipes, I don’t like a lot of clutter, and I don’t like to spend a lot of money either. I like nice things but not if they put me in debt. No shame in an orderly life, I say!
I didn’t always feel this way, though. People would criticize me in fact for keeping lists. As I grew older, though, I realized that people I cared about were no longer criticizing. They were in fact in awe of how I managed to keep everything together: working from home, running my own business, planning healthy meals, taking control of my nutrition, finding time to learn new skills, and making time for family and friends.
I openly pat myself on the back for these accomplishments, but I also want to share my methods to help you all get your life in order through three basic principles: minimalist cooking, practical living, and mindful spending.
I like easy-to-find and reusable ingredients, few kitchen tools, no special gadgets, minimal dish washing, and total cook times of around 30 minutes (1 hour tops). My recipes are also balanced for protein, whole grains, and veggies. Many of my recipes are plant-based but not always.
I, like most people, am the victim of the demands of daily life as a 21st-century adult. Technology has made life both easier and more complicated. Fortunately, I have learned many ways to live a more practical life among all the clutter in this modern age.
I was once in debt by more than 80 grand. After paying it all off over 10 years, I learned how to resist the temptation of impulse buys and unhealthy choices.