There you are again, staring aimlessly into the refrigerator and rifling through the pantry. There’s about 45 minutes left until dinner time and everyone’s hungry, but your inspiration level is at zero. Don’t waste one more minute stressing. Here are some ideas to get you out of the dreaded “What’s for dinner?” rut.
Change Your Outlook
Instead of thinking of cooking as another mundane chore, try looking at it differently. Not only can cooking can be very therapeutic, it can be a great way to challenge yourself (“What can I make with these pantry staples?”). Allowing yourself the time and space to be present when you’re menu planning or cooking will be a gift to yourself… especially when you do so with a glass of wine!
Focus on Quality
Falling into a grocery rut is all too common. Shopping for certain ingredients and food items outside of your regular grocery store would be a great way to kick things up a notch. You’ll see and taste the difference that farm fresh produce makes in your salad, and how local, free range beef has a unique, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Before too long, you’ll be the reigning champion of stir fry Flowood MS.
Freshen Up Your Kitchen
Does being in your kitchen make you feel… blah? If it does, it’s time to change that. Of course, you can spend thousands having it renovated, or you can take it upon yourself to more budget-friendly changes here and there, making it your own. And once you enjoy being there, you’ll have won half the battle.
While it’s easy to fall into a dinner rut, remember that you don’t have to stay there. Change your mindset, improve the quality of your ingredients, and do what you can to love your kitchen. So… what’s for dinner?