Do you sometimes feel stuck in a cooking rut, making the same meals over and over again?
My last dinner rut featured far too many curries with rice. Last winter it was bean soup. A friend told me she was so bored with her stir fry routine that she made a pact with her husband that each week one of them would cook a new recipe for dinner.
Food routines can be very boring, and it’s nutritionally beneficial to eat a variety of foods. So how do you find the inspiration to break out of your dinner rut?
Foodie Dice are a fun idea designed precisely to break up your cooking routine. There’s a vegetable dice for each season, a cooking method dice, a carbohydrate dice, a herb dice, a bonus flavour dice, and a meat or vegetarian protein dice.
Rolling the Foodie Dice I was given for Christmas I was presented with these ideas
- green beans
A look in the cupboard told me that it was time to eat my potatoes, so I swapped them for the suggested pasta. I also deviated from the suggested cooking method, because on a summer day it seemed crazy to bake food rather than use the stovetop.
I boiled the potatoes and used the other ingredients to make a fresh summery sauce.
I sliced and diced the suggested ingredients with a few extra veggies and sauteed them in olive oil. I also added a handful of split red lentils for fibre. The final step was to add the cottage cheese and just heat it through without allowing it to boil.
The results: potatoes served with a summery sauce featuring green beans and cottage cheese flavoured with dill and garlic. And a welcome change to my routine thanks to the Foodie Dice!
Happy New Year! I wish you an enjoyable year of cooking, with plenty of variety.
Coeliacs and others on a gluten free diet should be aware that seitan, featured on the vegetarian protein dice, is a meat substitute made from wheat gluten.