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Cuz I’m stuck in a rut!  A dinner rut, that is.  Can I just tell you how SICK I am of making the same meals night after night? My husband is very easy to please – as long as we have the same meals over and over and over and over. He’s a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy and he does not do well with experimentation. He hates it when I say “I tried a new recipe tonight!” and he is hard to convince that just because it’s healthy it can also taste good. And as far as my kids are concerned, well Howard Hughes wasn’t as particular as my kids are. Picky doesn’t begin to describe it.

I will be the first one to admit that I am not a great cook. I never EVER stray from a recipe and I just will never be the type that can throw in a handful of this or that and have it turn out good. On those rare occasions when I tried to experiment, well…let’s just say there’s a reason I don’t stray from a recipe.

I have been cooking the same foods for 15 years now and I think that’s one of the reasons I just don’t enjoy cooking. It’s hard to get excited about spaghetti…again. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the dinners we have on a regular basis:

  • tacos
  • spaghetti
  • nachos
  • macaroni and cheese (sometimes w hot dogs, sometimes w sandwiches)
  • steak tips and noodles w gravy
  • quesadillas
  • pizza (usually on Friday nights)
  • rice and bacon
  • grilled cheese/tomato soup
  • stew and chili (not together and mostly just in fall/winter)
  • fajitas
  • BBQ sandwiches (from a roast in the crock pot)
That’s all I can think of right now.  As you can see, we do a lot of Mexican-type meals because it’s something that we all like. The meals I make are easy and require little to no thought and I am just so unchallenged with it that it bores me to tears.  So I’m reaching out to you to see what meals are in regular rotation at YOUR casa because I need some new ideas. I often find myself perusing recipe websites but the ingredient lists are too long or are full of things that I’ve never heard of or just way too gourmet for my family’s simple tastes. So if you don’t mind, share with the world (me) what dinnery-type meals you cook regularly and maybe you’ll inspire me and some others to try something new for dinner! Wouldn’t that make you feel good? To know that you didn’t make me cry at dinner time? Again?