I have been in such a food rut. I usually don't have a problem pulling out recipes from decades past or skimming a well loved cookbook from the shelf and finding something new and yummy to make. But lately...ugh. I can tell you things that will make you feel sorry for me like, my littlest is so picky, and that i don''t have time because i have to teach near dinner time. I can tell you that I am tired after a days worth of to do lists and errands and pick ups and biz work and laundry and "accidents" and remembering to put on a bra before i drop the kids off...i mean for the love of all things that should be mandatory.
No. It's none of those things because they are al just excuses. The problem isn't the sob story above...its quite simply the ingredient list. I feel like there is a trend now with good wholesome food being a bit too complicated. Maybe what turns me off is that there is a plethora of ingredients that i feel i never have nor want to buy or maybe it's some of the exotic ones that are really expensive. Regardless...what happened next after feeling uninspired in my kitchen was a light bulb moment. What if i make a meal with 3 ingredients. The number 3 is powerful...something i learned in the business world. So i gave it a whirl and......
Here is how you can make 3 ingredient meals: (i also made up a rule that toppings are separate and you can have up to 3 and salt and pepper is exempt...you can make your own rules too!)
1. Choose your "it" things. Your usually go to's. Meals you can make by heart. Easy things. If you are planning a weekly menu pick 5.
2. Buy your usually go-tos for said meals. Buy what is fresh. Pick something new and interesting up if you feel crazy. Buy colorful things.
3. At meal time pick the meal and then decide what 3 ingredients you want. Now 3 is not set in stone but keep it simple.
White rice (i love white rice) Steamed broccoli. Toppings: tahini and toasted pumpkin seeds. Salt and pepper. Done. Yum.
Some other examples from my experiment:
Breakfast Smoothie: mango, almond milk, banana
Snack: date, cashew butter, raspberry
Lunch: greens, roasted chick peas, roasted pumpkin seeds, sliced pepper with a dressing of olive oil, lemon, and hummus.
Dinner: rice pasta, roasted chick peas, tomato sauce (i put a "topping" of black olives)
And that is all folks. Put the recipe books aside for the weekdays. Pick what's easy. Release and surrender to simple. You do not have to be a gourmet chef or a short order cook. Get creative. You will find that eating simpler food with less ingredients will make the whole ritual of eating and tasting like new again.
HOMEWORK: go pick a food...like a mango....and eat it the whole thing with nothing on it. Report back.
Love you all.
ps new creative mama interview coming soon. you are going to love this one!!