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I hate dinner time!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dinner time is the least favorite time of my day. I'm a morning person (I get to work at 6AM every morning), so by the end of the day, I'm just exhausted. I feel like I can never come up with enough good healthy ideas for me and my toddler, and I end up frustrated and just making the same thing over and over. Not that it's bad---some variation of steamed/roasted veggies, quinoa/cous cous/rise, and usually some tofu like product, with whatever fruit we have in the house. I'm bored of it though and I'm guessing the kiddo is too. I try to mix up the veggies, use different herbs, but at the end of the day, I really can't come up with too much fun stuff. I guess I just feel like I'm in a rut dinner wise.

Other meals are also in a rut, but I mind that less. I enjoy having the same cereal every morning, and I have been eating "Graze" products as snacks (If you haven't checked them out yet, they are AWESOME).

Inspiration on how to get out of this rut would be welcome (we are an all vegetarian house though :))
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  • 2BEHEALTHY2014
    I find myself in a rut too. I used to sit and go through my recipes and plan meals a few weeks at a time. I've gotten out of that habit and need to get back to it. It takes timeto plan ahead but I really think it's worth it.
    1830 days ago
    Yes, prepare ahead. Also, try one new recipe a week. Their are tons online & you would be surprise how fun it is!
    1830 days ago
    I also cook on the weekends and make LARGE batches. I also chop all of my veggies or get a veggie tray for salads so that I can throw something together quickly.
    1830 days ago
    i'm assuming you are making the veggies and the rice and the tofu separately. i like casseroles. they mix everything up and can be made before hand and frozen if you want.
    1830 days ago
    Almost always I batch cook on the weekend. I will cook a whole bag of rice and freeze it in single serving containers. In the morning, I just take out what I need. I eat a lot of chicken so that is also cooked on the weekend and put in single serving containers.

    The other thing I use to do was make my own TV dinners. Had everything on one plate (like the way TV dinners are packaged), and just put it in the microwave.

    1830 days ago
    I'm not vegetarian, but some of these looked great to me! Hope it helps...http://www.cookinglight.com
    1830 days ago
  • SUE5007
    Two words: crock pot...or freezer meals.

    It's wonderful to have dinner already cooked for you when you get home. Or you can do freezer meals. Get everything you need together and put it in ziplock baggies and put it in the freezer ...or fridge if you will use it in a day or two. For example, for spaghetti put the tomato sauce and spices in a bag, brown ground beef and add to the sauce then freeze it. Make 2-3 dinners worth total, so you have 2-3 bags in the freezer. Do this with a half dozen different meals so you have more than one option to choose from. Each morning, take out a meal, throw it in the fridge to thaw.

    Since you are tired at night, experiment with new recipes on the weekend. Even if you just try one new recipe each week. I always follow the recipe the first time, then adjust it to my liking (if necessary) the second time around. If we don't like it the second time, then I won't make it again.

    Make a list of meals you like and rotate through them, preparing ahead of time whenever possible. Put chicken in the crockpot to cook so when you get home you can shred it for enchiladas, chicken salad, over greens, soup, etc. I feel like we eat the same meals over and over but when I listed them out I was really surprised at how many different ones I make. It helps me a lot when planning what to eat for the week.

    Good luck!
    1831 days ago
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