I am often asked by fellow home cooks if I ever get into a cooking rut so I am posting this question here so those of you who feel you are can leave your comments. The answer is yes, of course I get into a rut from time to time but the good news is there are ways to get out of it.
What I mean by cooking rut is you tend to prepare the same five, six, eight recipes night after night, week after week. These may be tried and true recipes that you know work or your kids will eat but now everyone is tired of and looking for something new.
It is my belief that before you can get out of any rut, you have to know the reasons why you're there in the first place. So I am looking for your thoughts and ideas why home cooks often find themselves in these ruts.
Some of the reasons posted at the forum include:
- Lack of time and energy
- Lack of appreciation
- Comfort level with a few particular recipes
- Fast foods
- Same ingredients on hand
- Lack of planning
- Lack of funds
- Availability of ingredients
- Picky eating habits
All great ideas and I'm sure we can all relate to one or more of them. So what I would like to know from those of you who read this blog:
Why do you think we find ourselves in a cooking rut from time to time and how do you suggest we get out of it?