Is it Dinner in Your House OR is it Supper?
In our house my husband teases me when I call “dinner” supper. I can’t remember what we called it as kids. Here I am 14 years in of being the one ‘mostly’ in charge of getting dinner on the table. Secretly I don’t always love this task. Thankfully my husband has taken on a love for cooking. I wanted to share with how to Break the Dinner Boredom Cycle.
There’s so many reasons that cooking becomes more of a “have to do” or chore than a pleasure to cook for our families. I don’t know how many times over the years I’ve either forgotten to take dinner out or we simply were’t home because we were out and about running errands in which case Chic Fil-A OR Chipotle are always our favorite options to grab and go. It’s either that or maybe the same ole food items just seem unappealing or the last thing in the world we want to eat. After all, how many times can a person eat chicken and rice during the week?
*The Fondest Memories Made Are When Gathered Around the Table*
7 Ways to Break the Dinner Boredom Cycle
Meal Plan – Meal plan for one week at a time. I find that when I meal plan for an extended amount of time it becomes really easy to go with the easiest meal options (sometimes I’m a lazy cook) only leaving the meals that are more time consuming to prep or prepare which isn’t always convenient. Meal planning takes the guess work out of what’s for dinner each night.
Meal Prep – Meal prepping can sometimes be a bit of a time consuming task. The good thing about meal planning however is your meals are already literally prepared before heading in to the week. In our home we meal prep greek yogurt and granola for breakfast, hard boiled eggs for a snack, wash and chop veggies and make shredded chicken ahead of time.
Cook in Bulk – My favorite meat to prep is chicken, On Sunday I prep boneless, skinless chicken to use for different meals throughout the week. This chicken will be used to make several different meals throughout the week. Our favorite uses of chicken include: stir-fry, hot wing pizza, chicken noodle soup, fettuccini alfredo, chicken pot pie, buffalo chicken dip, etc. Because the chicken is already prepped making side dishes to enjoy can be done pretty quick. I’ve also done this with ground turkey making meatballs, spaghetti, tacos, nachos super easy and fast.
Include the Family – I find that when I do not want to cook my children are super eager to help in the
kitchen. Whether its prepping veggies, stirring in random ingredients, setting the timer, helping clean up breaks the monotony of cooking. My children have always been pretty hands on when preparing meals.
Bring Back Meals from Your Childhood – It’s really easy to get in a rhythm of cooking the same foods day in and out. My family for instance always eat tacos on Tuesday and pizza whether homemade or store/restaurant bought on Thursdays. What foods were you raised on? Bring back your childhood favorites. Even better call mom and get her recipe and any tips she may have.
Consult Pinterest – Pinterest is my go to resource for recipes and well, pretty much everything these days. Need a chicken and salsa dish? Type in chicken and salsa and prepare to be amazed. Cull through a number of recipe to find the perfect fit for you and your family. Even better yet create an album of dinner ideas that you can look back on when you’re in a pinch.
Get Social – On facebook, IG or really any social media platform reach out to your friends and family members for their favorite go to dinner meals. I love when my friends ask for meal ideas. Not only do I get to share my families favorite go to meals but, I also get some really great ideas from my friends friends! I call this winning!