Have you ever been stuck in a cooking rut? I have. Nearly every week I will cook one of my go-to dishes. Cooking those dishes is like wearing my favorite sweatshirt worn, but comforting and dependable. Nothing wrong with eating the tried and true familiar dishes, but sometimes its nice to change it up.
For me, cooking can feel like a chore when Ive run out of ideas or feel a little burned out. For some people that feel uninspired, cooking becomes a routine that is best left to fast food drive-thru windows, dining out, or a frozen meal you can microwave in 15 minutes. Are there any parents relating to this?
Its a great feeling to feel inspired or creative in the kitchen. But when the motivation is gone and all that is left is sheer will, sometimes I need a little bit of an attitude adjustment. If you find yourself uninspired in the kitchen I recommend taking a moment to think about a favorite meal you havent enjoyed in a very long time. Try to use that thought to catapult you into cooking enthusiastically again.
Today was one of those days I started to think about some of my kids favorite foods that we havent enjoyed in a while. The next thing I knew I was driving to the store to buy a nice piece of salmon. When I came home I whipped up a beautiful maple Dijon sauce that I knew would complement the salmon perfectly. Everyone loved their dinner tonight telling me I should make salmon more often.
Sometimes getting out of a rut means stretching yourself beyond whats comfortable. Cooking for your family doesnt have to feel like a burden. It just takes a little attitude adjustment. And if youre fortunate, youll be rewarded with great compliments every home cooks crown of glory.