“What do you want for dinner?” “I don’t care.” Ugh. Ever feel stuck with what to cook for dinner? Yea, me too. It’s so frustrating and can derail us from our healthy lifestyle. It’s a concern a lot of my clients talk to me about during our sessions. I’m here to help! It’s tough to dig yourself out of a dinner rut, but not impossible. Here are some of my tips for sparking your creative cooking juices once again.
- Shop, Cook and Eat Seasonally.Just when you think you’ve cooked all your favorites meals and are out of ideas, the season changes. New produce starts popping out of the ground along with new ideas and meal options. Here’s a wonderful guide for what’s in season this fall.
- Find Inspiration. When I’m in a cooking rut, browsing through some new recipes always gives me some good ideas. Here are the go-to blogs I love that help me out of my cooking ruts. Whole Foods Market, Detoxinista, Oh She Glows and PaleOMG.
- Try One New Recipe Eat Week. Branch out of your comfort zone and try making a new recipe you’ve never tried before. This can surprise you! You may learn that you enjoy a new vegetable that you never thought you liked. Before you know it, you will have a bunch of new recipes to add to your repertoire.
- Go Ethnic. Using different sauces and spices to your traditional cooking can make an old dish come to life. Try and experiment with some Thai, Asian, and Indian recipes, you may be surprised at what you and your family never knew you loved!
- Shop at a Different Food Store. If you’re used to shopping at the same grocery store, try a new place. For example, if your typical go to store is Acme, try shopping at Trader Joe’s. If you normally go to Trader Joe’s, try Whole Foods Market. By shopping at new places, it will offer new ideas to help you create new meals for your family. (Disclaimer: Anytime you go to the food store, make sure you are well fed. Food shopping on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster.)
- Ask your friends. Think of those friends you have that cook and eat similarly to you and ask them what they’ve been cooking recently. Swap your top three recipes with a few friends and watch how quickly your weekly menu starts to diversify.
Did you find this blog helpful? If so, please share with your friends. I’d love to hear from you. Please comment here in the comments section below and share your favorite dinner recipe so that we can all try some new, clean, healthy dinners. If you have any other tips that help you dig out of the dinner rut, please share them as well. We’re in this together.
Cheers to your health,