Are you in a food rut? You know, like meatloaf on Monday, tacos on Tuesday, etc....
If you are sick of making the same old thing, imagine how your family feels. Breakout of the proverbial dinner box and get your family excited about what you are making again. Not sure where to start? Well here are a few ideas to help get the creative "au jus" flowing again.
First, why not start at your local grocery store for some inspiration? It's as easy as stopping in to your neighborhood Publix. The Publix Aprons Meals collection are free recipe cards that are on display at every store. Two to three recipes are featured every week and most stores have live cooking and tasting demonstrations of the featured recipes every day.These recipes are easy and delicious, and many take as little as 15 minutes to prepare. The best part though is whatever the featured recipes are; Publix has all of the ingredients needed set up in one place right near the demonstrator. Talk about one stop, easy and convenient shopping. It can't get less stressful than this.
AllRecipes.com is a great site filled with recipes added by members from all over the world. It's a free online recipe collection that is easy to use and understand. They have how to videos along with traditional printables, online reviews, calorie breakdowns, shopping list creators and menu guides. The best thing though is that they have an ingredient search tool. This handy little option lets you type in a list of items you have on hand and it will give you a list of recipes that include those things. The ingredient search tool also lets you input items you do not want in a recipe and it will weed out options that include that particular ingredient.
Another possibility, especially if you are riding the Pinterest wave, is to try out some the recipes people have pinned. Honestly if you can't find anything interesting on Pinterest you probably shouldn't be cooking in the first place. If you have no idea what Pinterest is, check it out. It is highly addicting, especially if you are a visual person, so be warned. The downside to this option is that occasionally recipes are not actually linked to the images, which can be frustrating and you are more easily distracted by looking at pretty shoes or a craft you will never make. Before you know it, it's dinnertime and you have to order out. At least it won't be meatloaf.