If you know me, you know that I’m an artist that works from home with no kids. So you’re probably thinking “Ummmm yeah, this guy has all the time in the world!” I actually don’t because that’s just impossible and like you, I’m constantly struggling with dinner ideas.
Most of us search online or click on a bookmarked link where you have had some success in the past. Every time I do this “Don’t muck about, click here” says Jamie Oliver… in my head. The thing about looking online for inspiration is that you’re more than likely going to keep on making dinners that are similar to what you have done in the past because you’re home already, it’s cold out and will more than likely use the familiar, sometimes questionable ingredients that are already in your fridge.
If you would pull back the reins on posting pictures of your kids or… your face… your kitten’s face, you would have some more time for a little dinner preplanning and to grab ingredients while you’re still out and about or on your way home from the office. With a notebook in hand, try asking everyone on Facebook what they’re having for dinner tonight and what they had last night. You’ll be surprised at the response. Not only is it a great way to build that ideas list, it’s an easy and safe way to engage people that you don’t talk to very often, especially those with whom you no longer have much in common. We all eat right? Who cares if Cousin Joe is eating potatoes for the fifth day in a row, we’re talking right?!
Now, here is another way to get ideas that some might think is a little strange. When you’re in the grocery store, talk to a stranger. Yes, that’s right. Try talking to a real live person. We can still do that! “Excuse me, do you mind if I ask you a question? What are you making for dinner tonight?”. It’s easy to joke around and have fun with this and if you’re single, not a bad way to start conversation.
So… What are you making for dinner tonight? What did you make last night?
Robert Slivchak says: Last night: Chicken soup with butternut squash, mushrooms, fresh basil and green onions. Tonight: Stumped! HELP!
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