Feeling bored with the same meals over and over? Here are some Easy Ways to Get Out of a Food Rut and find new recipes that will please your palate!
Do you ever feel like you are eating the same things over and over with no end in sight? It’s easy to get into a food rut and feel bored with your meals. A food rut is simply when you are basically making the same things over and over and you are craving something new for your pallet. Often our food ruts can lead to unhealthy eating if we aren’t careful. This doesn’t have to be the case!
Easy Ways to Get Out of a Food Rut
Surf Pinterest for new recipes. When I am feeling like I need to add a new dish to my normal rotation, one of my favorite places to dig up recipes is Pinterest. It’s a real treasure trove of recipes for any kind of dietary need, health choice, ingredient, or eating plan. If you are not there, it’s basically a search engine of sorts with pictures that allows you to save things you like to ‘boards’. Here are breakfast ideas, lunch ideas, and dinner recipes on Pinterest.
Get a new cookbook. There is nothing like a new cookbook to help you get out of a food rut. If you are looking for a way to incorporate batch-cooking into your meal planning and get out of a rut, make sure you check out Alea’s book, Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch. When I read it, I found all kinds of recipes that I could add to my rotation. Getting a new cookbook is one sure-fire way to find yourself out of a rut. I like the way I can reference it and dog-ear the pages I like so I can add it to my weekly rotation.
Join a recipe group on Facebook. You can find Facebook groups sharing recipes to fit just about every diet plan and cooking style. Search around and find one that regular shares recipes to inspire you. The Healthy, Quick, and Easy Meals Facebook Group even shares a monthly meal plan along with daily recipes that can usually be made in under 30 minutes.
Ask your friends and family for their favorite recipes. In the days before Pinterest, if folks wanted to find new recipes to add to their family’s meal rotation, they asked grandma, mom, aunts, and friends what they prepared for their family. This is still something I like to do when I am trying to drum up new recipes to use. One fun idea might bet to do a recipe trade each month with a group of friends. That way, all of you get to try at least one new thing each month.
You could also simply ask on Facebook what your friends and family are eating for dinner this week. I have gotten some good recipe ideas that way or even some old favorites I had forgotten to make for a while.
Try a new way to eat something old. Sometimes, to get out of a rut, all I have to do is imagine cooking something a different way with slightly different ingredients. In the case of trying to eat healthier, for example, try to substitute some less healthy ingredients for healthier ones. You might actually find you prefer the new way to do it and it can easily feel like a whole new meal to your family.