I have been in a food rut and as a result I have not posted any new meal plans or recipes in (gulp) WEEKS! The truth is I am not a big fan of fall and winter veggies and neither is my family. Last week, in a desperate attempt to do something with green chard I sauteed it with a little garlic and red pepper and added it to our dinner plates. My husband quickly asked, “WHAT is THIS?” I replied, “It’s chard, think of it as spinach’s cousin.” He promptly said, “Tell this cousin to take a hike.” and I agreed, it was not my favorite side dish. I have a permanent beet exemption on my local CSA order and parsnips, turnips and rutabegas aren’t exactly inspiring either.
Which leaves me with some good standbys that are also available year round; broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, onions and winter squash but remember my first sentence? I have been in a rut and nothing creative or inspiring has come out of my kitchen that has been “blog worthy” and somehow life feels a lot busier lately so my time to tinker in the kitchen has dwindled and I have been putting out fast easy meals consisting of roasted chicken/pork/beef/fish and simple steamed or sauteed veggie sides.
Then today while reading 100 Days of Real Food I stumbled upon The Fresh 20 a meal planning service that provides grocery lists, menus and recipes. They focus on keeping ingredients simple, local and in season and each week there are 20 ingredients that are repurposed through out the week. They even have a gluten-free option! You are probably thinking, isn’t that similar to what you are trying to do? Well, yes but I need a little help this time of year and after perusing their site I decided a 3-month subscription might just be the inspiration I needed to get me out of my rut. I should get my first meal plan soon and will let you know how it goes. If you are interested check out this link for a discount HAPPY HOLIDAYS — The Fresh 20.