Many of us fall in to food ruts that we can’t seem to get out of. Buying the same exact things every time we go shopping and cooking the same exact foods every week. Sound familiar? So, here are some fresh and healthy ideas to inspire your creative side when it comes to shopping and cooking.
Try Different variations of a staple food. For example, I love meatballs. They are a staple in my home, but if I served spaghetti and meatballs every week that would get a little dull, so instead, one week I’ll make teriyaki meatballs with stir-fried brown rice and veggies. Another week I make meatballs in a mushroom sauce over whole grain noodles. Another week I’ll make meatballs in bbq sauce and serve cole slaw and corn on the cob as a side. So, week after week, meatballs are being served, but it will be a good 4-5 weeks before we’re back to traditional meatballs in red sauce with spaghetti or on whole grain buns as meatball sandwiches. You could also do this with burgers. Greek burgers, Jamaican jerk burgers, Asian burgers, veggie burgers, Mexican burgers and of course our traditional cheese-burgers can be made with a variety of different toppings. I like to set up a burger buffet so everyone can have a variety of options to blast their taste buds.
I personally make it a goal to try one new recipe a week. And thankfully for many of you, I test every recipe before posting it on www.cookingwitholivia.com. I thought of a great idea, healthy queso mac n cheese with ground turkey taco meat and baked blue corn chips on top. Sounds great doesn’t it…. Not so good. Don’t worry, it didn’t make it to the website.
I also try to buy one new fresh ingredient a week . For example, I’ll buy something in season like a jicama (which is great in cole slaw or shredded in salads), a celery root (which add amazing flavor to home made soup), a fancy new sprout or a fresh herb. It’s amazing how much flavor and freshness fresh herbs can add to your food. Try fresh dill in your fish or potato recipes, or fresh basil in any Italian inspired dish. Parsley is great in or on just about everything and cilantro is great in any mexican dish.
Keep your eyes out for a irresistable guacamole recipe using fresh ingredients this week on www.cookingwitholivia.com.