Now that it's fall, do you find yourself cooking the same meals over and over again? I know it happens in our house, especially this time of year. Even with me bringing back some old favorites (like our favorite fall soups), it feels like we're in a rut again. I think it's time to try some new recipes, but within reason. What does “within reason” mean? For me, it means:
- Choose new recipes with ingredients/flavors similar to what I know we already like. That make it more likely to go over well with all five of us than coming out of left field with something.
- Try new recipes on a day when there's time to cook–usually a weekend day–to allow time for prep and not feeling rushed. This also allows me to involve the kids, which is another way to encourage them to try something new and then they're more likely to eat/enjoy it.
- Set limits, which means trying 1-2 new recipe a week and sticking with the usual the other days. It's not a fast way to add new recipes to the mix, but it reduces stress which makes me more likely to do it.
Where do you find new recipes? We like to flip through magazines, get cookbooks at the library, and scroll through my recipe boards on Pinterest.
We're trying a few new-to-us meals in this two-week menu plan: the oven omelet, slow cooker gyros, and the pesto minestrone. We'll see how it goes!
Moneywise Menu Plan – 11/8 to 11/21
Sunday: Slow Cooker Honey Rosemary Chicken from Kojo Designs, mashed potatoes and broccoli
Meatless Monday: Tomato Mushroom Oven Omelet from Mostly Homemade Mom and cornbread
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos, fixings, tortillas, black beans and brown rice
Wednesday: Turkey Parmesan Pasta and broccoli
Thursday: Slow Cooker Beef Gyros from Six Sisters' Stuff
Friday: Homemade Pizza & Movie Night (we're watching Back to the Future since the kids heard so much about it recently)
Saturday: Leftovers night (there should be plenty with what's planned for the week)
Sunday: Slow Cooker Pesto Minestrone and cheddar biscuits (recipes will post soon!)
Meatless Monday: Macaroni and Cheese Casserole with broccoli and salad
Tuesday: Sausage & Veggie Roast and salad
Wednesday: Chicken Caesar Casserole and asparagus
Thursday: Corn and Potato Chowder and salad
Friday: We're eating at a party that evening (no cooking for me–whoo hoo!)
Saturday: Meatball subs (using frozen meatballs) and Caesar Salad
Staying out of a rut helps you stick to the menu planning habit, which ultimately keeps you from eating out, ordering takeout, or stopping for fast food–habits that cost more money and are worse for your health than cooking at home. It happens! So when it does, give yourself grace, then recommit to using your menu plan.