For whatever reason, you end up eating the same few foods over and over. You’re hungry so you just have a veggie burger (again), cook pasta (again), or grab a quick bagel (again).
It definitely happens to me and I love vegetarian food and cooking. But for whatever reason sometimes I find myself eating the same few foods every week. After a while I just end up bored and annoyed when I get hungry.
So what can you do when you find yourself in a food rut? Here are a few tricks that I’ve used.
Flip through a cookbook and look for something that inspires you. Even better, treat yourself to a new cookbook, maybe one that’s focused on a type of cuisine you don’t normally eat. Reading recipes can really put some great ideas in your head. Making them can be fun, too. Watch out, though, this exercise makes you hungry!
Watch a cooking show. Even if they’re making something with meat, you can often make it into a vegetarian one with a little creativity. They also usually make side dishes, which are much more likely to be made from vegetables.
Pick up a new or different item at the store then go home and figure out what to do with it. This may require going to get more ingredients shortly afterwards, but then again you may have everything you need in your pantry.
I like to do this from the bulk bin. Recently, I scooped up some mung beans and brought them home. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet and I’ve never done anything with them before. But it gives me the chance to play with some different recipes.
Mix up cuisines. Bring two or more cultures into a single dish to create a new and exciting fusion one. I did this by merging Asian flavors with Mediterranean for Asian couscous and it was delicious. Think of combinations like Mexican lasagna or Indian tacos.
Try something new at a restaurant then go home and figure out how to make it if you like it. Not only will this improve your cooking skills, but it will probably end up saving you money, too.
Take an old favorite and add a completely different ingredient to it. For example, maybe you love spaghetti. What if you threw a can of mixed vegetables into the sauce next time?
Try a random search. Type “recipe for” or “how to make” and something completely off the wall into a search engine. Think “recipe for crazy breakfast” or “how to make gutbusting beans”. (I haven’t actually tried either of these.)
Change up mealtime. Make breakfast food for dinner. Have dinner food for breakfast. Good food is good food. It doesn’t matter what time of day you have it.
Start a food blog. It worked for me!