I am a cookbook collector and I'm addicted to cooking shows and the Food Network. I hardly ever get bored with foods, because I can just thumb through any of my cookbooks and find something interesting to make. The problem with my method (if you don't plan way ahead) is that you need to have lots of products and spices, etc. on hand all the time, or you will find yourself spending more time running to the store every day. There are also tons of internet sites to check out recipes on if you don't have a cookbook.
I wrote down about 30+ different recipes and rotate through them. Some were more summer recipes others more fall. Those I put aside & only use them during that season. I have a variety of recipes to choose from: fish, pasta, chicken, meat are the main ones. A couple of quick ones and a couple of breakfast ones. When I plan I try to choose 1 from each category. It has helped the we're having that again?!?!
My breakfasts tend to be pretty much the same. Lunches are either leftovers, sandwiches or a frozen meal.
8/30/13 8:00 A
I get bored too, I tend to eat the same breakfast and lunch everyday. I spice up my dinners though which helps.
I try new recipes all the time. I think it's exciting to find something totally outside of my comfort zone and make it edible :) I also like to find an "unhealthy" recipe and see how healthy I can make it.
It's hard to avoid eating the same thing for more than 3 meals when you cook for one or two. I;m learning to portion things out for meals later in the week (and I try to freeze the extra portions). But the bags of frozen veggies and canned beans make different meals easier to prepare. I can make a stir fry one night, a bean stew with chicken another, a salad dinner a third.
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8/29/13 4:07 P
As ObiesMom2 suggested, try different twists on the things that you already like (and I am sooo going to try adding cottage cheese next time I do a spaghetti sauce).
If you like cauliflower, then try a cauliflower-crust pizza (I made one last night topped with baked chicken thigh, tomato paste, cherry tomatoes, spinach, onions, mushrooms, and a pile of spices - yummm). If you like broccoli or asparagus, then make them in to a soup. Bake your favourite veggies inside a squash "boat" to get a different taste. Use a spritz of toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil to get a darker, nuttier flavour.
If you like a stir-fry, then try adding some twists like bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, almonds, dried fruits, or home-made egg noodles. A few pieces of candied ginger add a great blast of flavour.
If you like simple meat / starch / veg meals, then try experimenting with small amounts of flavourful sauces. The exact same meal can taste completely different if you use a cherry balsamic sauce one night, a curried cheese sauce the next night, a sweet-and-sour sauce the next, and a jerk sauce the next.
Stock up the spice cabinet and play! A mix of different spices and vinegars and mustards and oils can give you a vast array of different flavours so that you don't get bored with the "same old - same old". It's not unusual for me to have up to a dozen different spices out for a single meal.
I've found that it's the little touches that make each meal unique, and keep me from getting bored even while eating the same basic things. I do try to add something that's new to me at least once every week or two, so my base of "foods I like" is always expanding.
Hope you figure out something that works for you!
8/29/13 3:46 P
I eat "seasonally." Then i never get bored. For example, I eat yogurt for either breakfast or lunch, several times a week. Boring? Nope. In the winter I mix it with apples and raisins or grapes. Or maybe pomegranate seeds or mangos or other imported tropical fruit (since there's not much "local" fruit around, this is the time of year I choose to appreciate "imports"). As spring rolls around, I start adding strawberries and raspberries (and even though i *could* still buy mangoes and grapes, I don't bother). In summer I'm adding apricots and peaches and blueberries. Now that fall is around the corner, i've morphing to apples and blackberries. Soon it will be pears. So yeah, my 'boring yogurt' changes up quite regularly. I apply the same principles to the food I eat. In fall/winter I'll go heavy on squash and sweet potatoes. I also end up relying on broccoli and carrots and cauliflower because in the dead of winter, that's what there is (at a reasonable price). Knowing these will be the fall/winter staples, in the summer I don't eat any of those things hardly at all! Instead I eat salad and tomatoes and fresh peas and green beans, and beet greens and asparagus and baby zucchini.. there's so much stuff that is "good" now that will NOT be "good" and maybe not available at all, in the dead of winter, so i focus on those things - I can say I haven't had a bite of cauliflower in probably 6 months lol! So, I'm actually looking forward to some nice roasted cauliflower in the near future.. and it won't feel like "oh no not cauliflower AGAIN" because it's been awhile!
I change my cooking techniques too... more roasts and soups and stews and casseroles in winter - more salads and stir fries and sautes and grilled items in summer. So if you are picky on the types of food you are willing to eat/try, you could still change it up by eating the "usual stuff" just cooked by different techniques.
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8/29/13 3:02 P
give something new a try - you may find you now like things you didn't at one time.
try different combos of the things you DO like. Or different times for the meals (eat breakfast for dinner, for example)
sometimes things sound kind of odd, but the combo is really tasty. I put cottage cheese on my plate of spaghetti (it's kind of like eating lasagne).
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2,116 8/29/13 12:35 P
I am kind of a picky eater and eat the same things until I get bored with them and then go back to eating the things I know I shouldn't. How do you keep things interesting and exciting?
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