Ever feel like you’re in a food rut? That you just keep making the same meals – quesadillas, pesto pasta, and burgers – over and over again? Tell me about it! When I’m tired at the end of the day, I just want comfort. But comfort typically means junk; so that’s when I know I gotta change.
So to keep me from eating comfort carbs, I gave myself the challenge of making one new recipe a week. The average family has about 10 meals in their repertoire so switching up 4-5 of them is significant – and how hard could that be? There are so many cookbooks/blogs/websites/magazines with recipe ideas now that inspiration is everywhere.
But one real challenge of trying new recipes is getting so many new ingredients. I mean sure, I’ll make this awesome lemongrass Thai soup, but what do I do with the extra curry paste? For a while there, my fridge was full of random jars, bare ly used. So over time, I learned to choose recipes that have fewer ingredients and often to stick with a theme for the week- Thai, Mexican, or Indian – so I could reuse ingredients. And in the beginning, I stuck with what I already knew. I know how to make burgers, so why not try a mushroom-quinoa burger with all the same toppings?