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5 Ways to Find New and Unique Meals for the Whole Family

Are you in a dinner rut? You know – Monday is chicken, Tuesday is tacos – the same old recipes every week. We all get there. Here are five ways to get new ideas and inspiration for your family meals:

1. Pinterest
Using a site like Pinterest will yield endless ideas for new meals. You can type in an ingredient, a special diet, romantic meals – anything food-related – and find options you never knew existed. Start small by searching for recipes using your favorite foods. You can also search by difficulty. For example, type in ‘simple meal ideas’ to find easy-to-fix meals for your kids to enjoy. Once you have finished the recipe, rate it so others can try it out.

2. Product Packages
Use your favorite products (like flour or pasta) to find unique recipe opportunities. Do you love cookies? Check the back of the chilled cookie dough for inspiring new ideas. Cooks like Tori Avey uses sugar cookie recipes to kick-it-up-a-notch with holiday cookies. You can, too. Soup cans often yield super simple recipes that will turn into family favorites. Check your favorite food packages often, as the recipes will change from time-to-time.

3. Potlucks
Potluck dinners are a fantastic way to find new meal options for your family. Maybe your friend from church has brought a delicious hamburger pasta dish. A decadent dessert has sent your taste-buds heavenward. It is so easy to get the recipe. Just ask! You could go home with a whole new arsenal of ideas for dinner.

4. Online Sites, and thousands of other sites are accessible on the internet. Do you fondly remember your mother’s buttermilk pie but can’t remember how she made it? You can find it online. Do you have some venison but no clue of what to do with it? No problem – someone else can show you how to prepare it. Old favorites and trendy new dishes are all available with the click of a mouse.

5. Old Recipe Books
Scour Goodwill Stores, church yard sales, and auctions for old recipe books that are filled with comfort-food favorites like chicken-fried steak and pot roast and ice-box cookies. For mere pocket change in most instances you can score great books filled with favorites.

With a small amount of effort, dinners can go from bland to ‘the bomb, Mom!’ Just follow these tips and start trying these new favorites today.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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