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Food Rut / Boredom

I'm stuck in a food rut. I have no idea what to cook lately.

I have me, my elderly grandmother and my boys (12 and 10). My nana is allergic to all fish and shellfish, as well as black pepper. She won't eat whole grains or most vegetables, and doesn't like turkey. She complained recently that I make pasta too often. (However, she'd eat a Wendy's hamburger every day if I went there for her...)

My boys will eat almost ANYTHING, but they are not fans of anything too spicy. Or anything with eggplant.

I love to cook, but I'm tired of feeling like a short-order cook and having to make 2 or even THREE meals to get through dinner w/o someone pitching a fit. (Hint: It's NOT always the kids!) I'm so bored w/ food lately that I'm losing my appetite.

Can someone suggest something new???


Asked by geminilove at 7:22 PM on Sep. 8, 2010 in Food & Drink

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Answers (5)
  • First of all, I'd let everyone know that you are NOT a short-order cook. What you cook is what you cook, lol. I would cook meats, veggies, and whole grains, and if someone doesn't like something, they can take or leave what they'd like. What about cheesy potato soup, 15 bean soup, sausage and sauerkraut, chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese and tomato soup, grilled chicken salads, tacos, enchiladas, steak and baked potatoes...the options are endless. :)

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 8:05 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Homemade chinese, pizza(everyone can put whatever toppings they like on their personal pizzas before you throw them in the oven), cheeseburgers or turkey burgers with different toppings to choose from, chicken pitas or roll-ups, fried or baked chicken and rice with veggies or fruit on the side, chicken corden bleu, rice and bean burritos, breakfast foods for dinner. ;)

    Answer by kksmomma1019 at 7:37 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Here's a bump!

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 8:05 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • apronCook what you like and create a balanced diet, those who you are feeding can eat what is served or go without. I don't have a lot of tolerance for whining about the food you are served and my kids know this. If you don't like it you can find your own dinner, but I don't want to hear about it.  I like to browse through recipes at for new ideas when I'm stuck.


    Answer by scout_mom at 8:48 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Here are some of my family's favorites. Send me a message if you would like any recipes:
    minestrone soup, salad, tomato mozzarella and basil sandwiches
    General Tsao’s tofu
    stuffed peppers
    vegetable stew with dumplings
    sweet potato and black bean burritos
    home made pizza from the freezer
    lentil soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
    lentil sloppy joes
    Mushroom lasagna
    Spinach and tofu curry
    breakfast: oatmeal pancakes and fruit salad
    bean and vegetable sloppy joes
    southwest falafel
    Halloween black and orange quesadillas
    black bean soup, quesadillas, avocado salad
    lentil tacos
    mushroom stroganoff
    Mediterranean stew
    pot pie
    not crab cakes, tofu fish sticks, baked sweet potato “fries”
    peanut noodles
    tamale bean pie
    Mexican bean and pasta bake

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:41 PM on Sep. 10, 2010