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10 Minute Dinners: It’s a Good “enough” Thing

Posted By Jen On October 23, 2012 @ 7:29 am In Kitchen Tips,Saving $ without Coupons,Tasty Tuesday,Ten-Minute Meals | 14 Comments


Anyone who has been reading Balancing Beauty and Bedlam for awhile, has heard the phrase 10 Minute Dinners [4] in numerous posts. In fact, I’ve used that phrase for years and have mentioned launching my new site for nearly as long.

I started interacting on my Ten Minute Dinners facebook page [5] back in August of 2011, and personally generated a lot of excitement in my own heart as I desired to help make meal time more manageable for all of us.

And yet, I waited. I talked. I dreamed. I planned the whole site in my head, but I never executed a thing. I made an entire checklist of things that I wanted done before I launched the new site, but as life got in the way, I kept putting it off. I was paralyzed.

I finally realized that I wanted to launch it with a bang, and in my mind, it wasn’t close to being Good Enough. My checklist determined that I would not go live until I had at least two people to help with the site, have 30 posts written so that the blog was populated with new recipes,  and had executed a specified marketing campaign that would correlate with the launch date, so that lots of new traffic would be generated.

Guess what? I committed to launching 10 Minute Dinners [4] on October 1, and as the date approached, the site wasn’t ready, and none of the items on my checklist were checked off.

I finally determined that with my schedule, and the actual extra time I had allotted to blogging, in my mind, I would never be “ready”.  It would never be perfect, but it was definitely Good Enough. If I procrastinated any longer my dream would never become a reality, so following the theme of this month, I launched.

Yep, my 10 Minute Dinners site [4] is live in all of its Good Enough glory. It’s slowly getting there. Links and categories will be fixed, and as I do life in my own kitchen, recipes will be added. It might not always have pinterest perfect photography or keep up with some of the other food blogs, but you know what?

It’s a GOOD enough Thing, and the design is fabulous. It just makes me happy.  My desire is that it will serve as a tremendous resource for many over the years, and if I’m being true to the goal of the site, spending two hours on the photography of a 10 minute dinner to make it look amazing,  just isn’t reality.

I’m not going to take the time to list all the posts, but you are missing out on two of my favorites.

[6]What Would You Do with 30 Pounds of Chicken? [6]

 You all are going to drop your jaw when you find out how much I paid for 30 pounds of Chicken, and how I prepped it in just an hour.

Crock Pot Taco Meat (Cooking Taco Meat in Bulk in the Crock Pot) [7]

Have Mexican Meals ready at the snap of your fingers when you easily prep all the taco meat in your crockpot.


With the pre-prepped Taco Meat, my easy Taco Soup  [9]whips up in minutes. It’s been a family favorite “dump and run” recipe for years.

And we are actually going back to the basics with some simple tips for getting organized bycreating our own Meal Solutions Notebook [10] to save our sanity.

I hope you enjoy 10 Minute Dinners as much as I know I will. It’s helping keep me accountable in the kitchen and that is a GREAT thing.

What have you been cooking up for Tasty Tuesday this week? I can’t wait to read all about it.

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[10] creating our own Meal Solutions Notebook: http://10minutedinners.com/meal-solutions-notebook/

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