Falling into a food rut is easy to do. Humans tend to be creatures of habit and that does not change when it comes to what we eat. But that does not mean the habits that you have formed are satisfying you. If this is the case, take some steps to find some inspiration to break out of your culinary rut.
Use the Internet
There are a number of ways to discover (or rediscover) great food. The internet is full of great recipes for you to try. Use the web to help you find creative ways to jazz up some of your old favorites or to find new meals to try. Although it can be risky when picking an untried recipe from the internet, it can also be a risk that comes with a great reward when you find a new favorite recipe to add to your meal rotation. Trying a new recipe also does not have to be completely untried. Read the comments and see what others who have tried the recipe have to say. They may be able to give you some pointers, warnings, or substitutions to try that will make your meal that much better.
While you are on the internet looking for new recipes, be sure that you add global cuisine to your search. It may be that the next great meal you eat originates on the other side of the world, but you may not find these recipes if you do not go looking for them. Be sure to be creative in your recipe searches–and do not forget about the rest of the world–in order to find more variety and inspiration for meals to try.
A laidback and entertaining way to discover new recipes is by watching cooking shows. Although you cannot try the recipe beforehand, you will get a step-by-step look at the ingredients, the cooking process, and the level of culinary skill required to cook the recipe. It is especially helpful to see the final product because how food looks will entice you as well and help you get an idea of whether it is a meal you may want to try. Doing research with your favorite television chef may be the spark of inspiration you need.
Ask Someone You Know
Sometimes the best thing you can do to get out of a rut is to ask for help. Find the home cooks you admire most and ask them for their favorite meals and recipes for inspiration. Asking someone you know what their favorite recipes are is a simple way to find those tried-and-true recipes that can fall into your dinner rotation.
Finding great food is within your reach. All you need to do is be willing to creatively seek out the new recipes you want to try. Do not be afraid to branch out and try the new recipes you find on the internet, see on television, or discover from a loved one. It may be the difference between another boring mealtime and an exciting new meal that gets you out of that rut.