February can be a tough time of the year. The holidays are over, winter is in full force, and resolutions are starting to…break. I don’t know about you, but I am struggling with being creative in the kitchen, even though one of my resolutions was to get back to meal planning. We all have BIG LOFTY goals at the start of the year, but let’s be honest–most of them aren’t as realistic and long-lasting as we hope. I’m the first to admit this!
So… what should you do?!
It’s easy to get in a food rut. We’ve all been there! Having the same few meals on repeat week after week can feel boring and repetitive. Not to mention a lack of variety can mean you are loading up on some nutrients while missing others. But how do we get out of it? Hiring a personal chef is out of the question (for me at least), so I’ve come up with five ways to help you reboot your meals.
Treat yourself–buy a new cookbook
A cookbook is a lot less expensive than a personal chef, so treat yourself and go splurge on a new cookbook. Choose one that’s pretty and appealing and will get you inspired to cook again. But make sure that it’s realistic and simple too though–that’s key. Some of my new favourites are my friend Abbey Sharp’s new cookbook, Mindful Glow, The Sweet Potato Chronicles ladies newest book The School Year Survival Cookbook and my colleague Toby Amidor, RD’s newest The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook. The library has tonnes of great recipe books too. I recently flipped through a library cookbook and found another reader’s post-it-note flagging a recipe as being delicious. It warmed my heart and was an easy first recipe to try.
Check out online flyers (game changer)
You may not get a paper copy these days, but all the grocery store flyers are online! If your grocery store has a sale on ground turkey and sweet potatoes go for it. Plug in your ingredients to Google and you’ll find a recipe!
Get out of your comfort zone (even a bit)
Too often I serve raw vegetables–the same three (carrots, cucumber and snap peas). It’s easy and I’m often in a rush to get food on the table. But it also gets boring and repetitive. Switch up your usual but cooking the same foods a different way. So instead of raw carrots try roasting a huge batch of assorted veggies and reheating throughout the week.
Spice it up!
There are so many different spices out there other than oregano. I’m just sayin’. It’s easy to rely on the same few. So why not add some different flavours and literally spice up your life! Turmeric or curry powder on roasted cauliflower is a great start.
Don’t beat yourself for ordering in.
An easy way to get out of a food rut is to try something new. And that doesn’t mean you have to make it. I’ve often ordered in and thought that I could recreate the recipe at home. You can too! So, order in Greek food and then add feta cheese and olives to your grocery list next week.
If you’re looking for more inspiration check out some of the delicious recipes listed below.
If you’d like to reboot your family meal plan, and would like some extra help with meal prep and planning why not book an appointment with a Registered Dietitian! Check what we offer at The Centre for Family Nutrition.