Even though I love cooking, food, and generally hanging out in the kitchen there are days/weeks/months where I feel uninspired. I open the fridge to find no leftovers, wish I had bought more frozen burritos, realize there are no vegan restaurants within a half hour drive, and feel dread at the thought of cooking. Often I end up eating lentils, or when I’m feeling less healthy, popcorn. How do I pull myself out of this downward spiral?
All of the food magazines I flip through while avoiding cooking point to one thing: menu planning. So, to bring life back to the kitchen I actually looked at the long list of “recipes to try” I keep on pinterest and opened the cookbooks to those pages I had sticky marked. Turns out, there are some pretty exiting recipes out there, and sometimes following someone else’s recipe is all I need to get re-excited about cooking dinner. It becomes once again an adventure, time well spent, and hey isn’t that all we ask for in life?
Things I’m pumped about making this week:
Vegetable Curry with Rice
Spaghetti Squash Cakes with Sauteed Kale
Herb-Scalloped Potatoes with Baked Beans from Veganomicon
Chickpeas Romesco with Garlic Saffron Rice from Veganomicon
Let’s see how it goes!