Good Day Everyone!
Thanks to Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point for teaching me that there is such a thing as a food rut.
Granted, I have never been overly creative in the kitchen for meals (my creativity comes out when I bake). I lack the confidence in the kitchen and the skill of just throwing whatever together and having it come out fabulous. Unfortunately, this means that when I do find something that I like and it’s easy, I tend to (b)eat it to death–essentially ensuring that I grow tired of it and will never want to eat it again.
That is exactly how I’m feeling now with all of my meals. It’s more or less the same things every day, day in and day out. I stick with it because they are healthy and easy, but oh goodness are they boring. This is part of the reason why I set both a June and July goal to try new lunch and dinner recipes, but it just never quite came together…yes, that means July has been a bust thus far, too.
This is what I normally eat on a week day for meals (not including snacks):
Breakfast: normally my breakfast scramble–2 scrambled eggs with sauteed veggies (sweet potato, mushrooms, peppers, spinach) with a side of avocado and salsa. If I’m rushed or particularly exhausted it’s toast with natural peanut butter and jam.
Lunch: Raw Veggies and dip with some sort of protein, likely in the form of canned fish (tuna/salmon) or low fat deli chicken/turkey. Sometimes a green smoothie will replace the raw veggies.
Dinner: Chicken breast/thighs with half a plate of veggies–be that steamed broccoli, frozen corn, sauteed kale, a side salad, etc.
I tend to feel better when I have higher protein meals (the one great thing I learned from my Paleo challenge last year), and my meals generally are lower on processed carbs (aside from my odd pieces of toast and pancakes on the weekends). The recipes I hope to find and make are going to be specifically based on the idea of staying with whole foods (not any strict diets like paleo, vegan, etc), which will also include some legumes and a small amount of dairy.
My goal this Saturday is to find 2-3 recipes for each meal ( I even started a board on our Pinterest page), get all the required groceries into the house and make them next week and rate them on taste, ease to prepare, health and satiety.
If you have any fun recipe ideas to share, pop the link into the comments and I’ll give it a whirl next week. 🙂