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Break Out of Your Food Rut!

5 Ways to Make Happier Meals

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  • PHHHISC
    Working on mixing things up.
  • Lots of allergies so things I can't eat. I also don't taste. I am in a real food/menu rut. What I can do is use nice table linens, plan dinner by candlelight (even if its burgers) and have an occasional glass of wine to keep it festive.
  • I love to cook and I love to eat - probably part of the reason I got fat ha ha. I am in a planned food rut and love it! I know what to buy, it cooks easily, and I am losing weight. Hardest part was convincing my wife that I want the same things all the time. She always cooked her own, different, meals anyway. Works for me :)
  • At home, I load up on fruits and veggies and beans, etc. We're retired and my husband enjoys eating out frequently. At first, I was uncomfortable with menu's because I didn't want to jeapordize my healthy new eating habits. However, I've found many choices which are lower calorie options and I've found I can request non fat options on many dishes. Best part was, they were happy to prepare exactly what I wanted and even offered suggestions on nutritious options that I hadn't considered. I was happy to find such flexibility on the part of the restaurant and staff. Now, I look forward to eating out and eating healthy!
  • FROGSMILE
    Perhaps one small step to breaking out of a food rut a bit is to try selecting food that is fresh in season. Strawberries in June, asparagus in April through mid-June. Kale and kohl crops in the Fall. Best sources are local Farmers' Markets (or your own garden if you have space and inclination).
  • CookieBee54 - doesn't subscribing to that cost a fortune?
  • I subscribe to Blue Apron. Each week I receive a box filled with fresh vegetables and meat or seafood, spices, and easy to follow recipe cards. My meals are now healthy and interesting.
  • When I plan ahead, I love to cook. Most of the time I do, however when I feel physically drained I don't like to cook. It is nice to have meals ready to go on those days I can't cook.
  • I love to cook and enjoy magazines with good recipes. "Canadian Living" is a good option in Canada. The ethnic recipes are especially fun to try.
    But when I am especially busy or just tired of cooking, a tried and true favorite is fine with all of us.
    An easy meal for us is an "all in the oven" meal, with roast chicken or beef or pork or fish, potatoes and a vegetable that can all be put in the oven. A simple salad can be added to this meal and the protein and vegetable options are numerous, so it is not boring.
  • It seems that I'm always in a rut because I have arthritis so bad in my hands and wrists and the prepping and carrying and all that goes into cooking, hurts. My husband will help when he can (we dairy farm), but it would be nice to have the meals ready when he comes in! Buying prepped food is sooo expensive. So I just do the best I can, but I sure would like to have a full-time cook in the house!
  • I love to cook but that takes time and right now, as a student, I don't have that. So I'm LOOKING for a food rut, something quick, easy and nutritious that I can just grab and go and if it's the same thing everyday that's just a bonus for someone who needs to calculate carbos to dose with insulin. Gimmee that rut!
  • WOLFRUNNERONE
    I love to cook and try new recipes - I do agree with the " rut syndrome " as well as not enjoying preparing - when preparing meals becomes a chore opposed what used to be to me a fun activity of creating meals .
    I am back to creating once again and its liberating .
  • LCERTUCHE
    After years of planning and cooking meals I was definitely on auto-pilot. Now that I've become a vegan I had to research new ways to eat. Every week I make new recipes and cooking is fun again. It helps that my family will eat anything.
  • I enjoy cooking. I'm pretty good at it. What I hate is the cleaning up after! Now, if you can find me an easy solution for that, then I will love you forever! lol
  • My husband & I both cook. It's whoever gets home from work first! Through the week we usually have fairly easy meals but on Sundays I try to fix a good meal. For example through the week may be a soup & sandwhich or spaghetti & salad. On Sunday it may be turkey, homemade mashed potatos & veggie casserole or chicken enchlidas & rice with veggies.

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