Infuse Excitement And Adventure
One small step you can make straight away is to pick up a new ingredient the next time you go food shopping. It could be a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tasted before or a superfood that’s grabbing everyone’s interest. Pop it in your basket, and look up a recipe to use your novel ingredient with. You may hate the taste or texture, or you could find a new favourite to add to your shopping list. Either way, you’ll awaken your taste buds and experience a new flavour. Within weeks you could discover a plethora of new ingredients and recipes.
Shop Small and Local
Go somewhere completely different to buy the items on your food shopping list. Instead of the same familiar supermarkets that you find yourself habitually waltzing through, change things up with a visit to a local food market or family greengrocers. You’ll find you can be far more involved with the products since they tend to be less packaged. Your senses will be awakened as you peruse the items on offer; take in the beautiful smells and sights of great food! The produce is likely to be more seasonal, smell and look great, and reasonably priced.
Another great challenge is to eat seasonally. This means only buying products that would be grown naturally in the current season. It’s a great way to be mindful of where our food comes from, reduce our carbon footprint, and save money. Seasonal produce usually costs less since it’s easier to grow, and tastes better for the same reason. By reducing your ingredients to seasonal produce, you’ll focus your efforts on specific dishes that will save time and nourish your body for the season you’re in. This is a fantastic way to get in touch with our food and respect our environment at the same time.
This is a really fun tradition to begin; introduce a cultural dining evening. Share with friends or involve your family. Pick a culture and serve up a feast of traditional cultural foods. You’ll learn new skills, recipes, and flavour combinations. You’ll likely discover ingredients and recipes you love which can be added to your repertoire of meals. Go all-in with traditional cultural dress, eating styles and music! Invest as much as you choose with this one. It’s sure to inject some excitement and take you on an adventure you look forward to every week.
Share The Love
Consider making one evening of the week a group cooking affair. Invite friends over or get your family in the kitchen Designate a course or task to every person, and enjoy preparing your food together. It’s a great opportunity to develop rich relationships which will nurture your mind as well as your body. Once you’ve combined your talents and the ingredients, settle down to taste your accomplishment together. Preparing meals can become a joyful experience rather than a chore.
Planning your meals is a great way to get out of a food funk. We tend to rely on old favourites and pick up the same items when we shop. It takes time and energy to think of new meals everyone will enjoy and find the right ingredients. But planning your meals for the week will set aside dedicated time to focus on food variety, and help you introduce new dishes each week. Concentrating on one or two new recipes at a time will allow you to gradually expand your go-to meal list. It will also make shopping for unfamiliar products more manageable. Get creative, and savour the new tastes.
A Different Route
We tend to traipse around the same aisles when we visit food stores; our hands land on familiar products we feel safe buying. Commit to only walking down the fresh and wholefood sections of the shop, and perhaps take an unusual detour down an aisle you rarely visit. This way you’ll only be able to buy food that’s wholesome and healthy, and you may surprise yourself with the fine flavour that’s introduced into your life as a result.
The Bigger Picture
When we take the time to carefully consider what we’re eating and why we can develop a much healthier attitude towards food and ourselves. Shopping for food and cooking dishes can become an adventure; something to savour and celebrate. When we focus on the richness of diversity in food, the traditions and celebrations that accompany meals, and the enjoyment of sharing good food can bring to mind and body; there’s little room for boredom.
Invest in yourself and those you love by taking the challenge to try something new. It doesn’t matter where you start, simply choose one change to begin your journey from food rut to fabulous dining. It’s variety, enjoyment, and shared experience, that eliminates stagnation and brings food to life.