We've been in a rut. Food wise.
Like most people, we try to eat relatively healthily (is that a word?), and I have a few dinners that are family favorites. But we do tend to have them day after day, week after week.
But the other week Josh told me he was tired of "Salmon on Monday, Turkey on Tuesday... blah, blah, blah..." He asked me to mix it up a bit. But, since it was the end of the month, my grocery budget was down to the bare-bones.
Fortunately, my new issue of "Clean Eating Magazine" came with all sorts of yummy looking, healthy recipes. And, there was an article about feeding a family of four for a week for under $50. It was "dinners only" but still... an improvement! While they all looked good to me, there were only a few that I thought my family would actually eat. Also in the magazine is an article on "Kid Friendly Fare." So I chose a few new recipes to try out this week and see how the family liked them.
On Monday, I tried out the Sesame-Ginger Chicken with Brown Rice. I thought it was good. The boys on the other hand... not so much! There was a lot of garlic in it -- I cut back on what was asked, but still maybe just a wee bit too spicy for the kids.
Then on Wednesday, I made something I'd never made before. Ravioli. The recipe was from the "Kid Friendly" section -- "Quick White Bean & Spinach Ravioli." I wasn't hopeful from other attempts to bring some variety into our diet.
You mix spinach, white beans, low fat ricotta cheese and a tiny bit of low fat mozzarella in the food processor.
Use wonton wrappers to make the ravioli...
Cook and then serve with your favorite tomato sauce...
The boys loved them! Josh even asked today if he could have them again.
The lesson: Sometimes it pays to take a chance and sometimes it doesn't. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try!