i've written a handful of times about how we save on food & budget monthly for groceries. meal planning is absolutely key (check out my meal planning 101 blog post on how we plan meals & my homemaking tab for more resources).
regardless of how disciplined we are with our budgets or how well we plan the menu, sometimes there's a lack of inspiration in the kitchen. the clock strikes 6 pm & we're still staring at instagram avoiding dinner prep. we lack motivation so we order pizza. we blow the budget & we miss out on a meaningful dinner experience.
friends, i've got some thoughts on this topic & ideas to get you inspired in the kitchen. you can do this, i promise!
1. make your kitchen pretty. it's true. creating a welcoming environment in your kitchen that is conducive to productivity & creativity will make you want to use your space more frequently. remove ugly packaging from your dry goods & place them in pretty jars with labels. i have thrifted most of the jars in my kitchen for under $1 each. place produce that doesn't need to be refrigerated in woven baskets & metal bins that fit the aesthetic of your kitchen. it will inspire you to grab a banana instead of cookies.
2. rearrange your fridge. i just recently participated in a meal planning & budgeting group at church. a group of ladies and i rearranged our refrigerators. it has made such a huge difference in my daily food choices. instead of hiding that colorful produce, i moved it up to the second shelf. the bin where our produce used to hide is now housing leftovers my husband can easily grab for lunches. moving our produce to the top shelf has also decreased the amount of fresh food wasted, which is also a big plus. we can now clearly see what's in the fridge & we use it.
3. prep your food ahead of time. i have recently started buying big heads of greens & chopping them myself at home. it saves a significant amount of money each month because we're getting more greens for our buck. right when i get home from the grocery store, i wash & chop my lettuce. i mix in a handful of spinach with our lettuce & the occasional red cabbage. i place it all in a big plastic bowl with a lid. it's so easy to grab & throw together for dinners. the photo above is a big salad i made for lunch. i've been eating a salad at lunch everyday with every topping imaginable. delicious, healthy & easy.
4. celebrate dinnertime. my husband taught me to celebrate, savor & enjoy dinnertime. it's such a special moment to catch up with family & talk about your days. we always eat at the table with candles & cloth napkins. last night we enjoyed dinner outside on the first warm evening of the year. make this part of your daily rhythm & you'll soon feel drawn to the kitchen knowing you'll reap the reward of quality time at the table.
& here are some recipes we have made recently to inspire your love of cooking...
- roasted asparagus: preheat the oven to 400 degrees. chop the ends of the asparagus & place on a baking sheet. drizzle olive oil & sprinkle minced garlic on top of the asparagus. add sea salt & freshly cracked pepper. place in the oven for 20 minutes until the ends are lightly browned & crispy.
- broccoli quinoa slaw: i have made this slaw twice in two weeks. this slaw is even better the next day. pair it with fresh fish & the roasted asparagus above for a delicious meal.
how do you get inspired in the kitchen? any delicious recipes you've recently tried & loved? please share!
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