Last week thousands of cars got stuck in ruts. And it was hard work for their drivers to get out of them!
People get stuck in all kinds of ruts too. And since today is Groundhog Day, Bill Murray is the first thing that popped into my mind.
It’s easy to get stuck in food ruts. When I was a kid if I knew what day it was, I knew what my mom was serving for dinner. Baked chicken on Monday, Pork chops on Tuesday, Meatloaf on Wednesday, etc.
Fridays were especially abysmal because they were meatless in our home for religious reasons. My mom’s Friday repertoire was surprisingly bad. It had three possibilities:
· Macaroni and Cheese to which she inexplicably added canned tomatoes—yuck!
· Tuna Casserole from canned tuna, creamy mushroom soup, and chow mien noodles—double yuck!
· Or frozen Perch filets—rating unavailable. They were so fishy smelling and bad I’ve wiped all memory of them from my brain.
40 years before the loveable comic got stuck in Punxsutawney, PA our family was stuck in a bad food rut. But in fairness to my mom, I think she cooked in the mode of the day. The only cooking resources we had around were a 1950’s version of “The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook,” and a stack of McCall’s magazines chock-a-block full of the kind of casseroles described above. I think Mom picked out 7 dishes and went on autopilot for thirty years. And her friends did, too.
Today we have all sorts of cooking resources at our fingertips. I just saw a Facebook post this morning advertising 4 healthy recipes for $10. If that seems a little excessive to you, check out my anti-Groundhog Day alternatives:
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Take a few minutes to browse through these pages and our blog archives to find loads of fabulous freebies.
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Tonight I’m making a unique and outrageously delicious Stuffed Pretzel Surprise Sandwich from my Hearts of Palm Pork Trio. The roast warmed us on the icy days earlier in the week. But today is Super Bowl Sunday, so these sandwiches are perfect! Don't take my word for it. Some of our taste-testers told me to name it "The Best Sandwich Ever!"
Since our local General Beauregard Lee did not see his shadow I’m expecting Spring-like weather soon. So next week I’ll make my Succulent Salmon Trio, complete with some yummy tacos and an refreshing Chunky Salmon Salad full of zip. That trio is coming soon, so watch our blog for news of it!
Touchscreen Smart Cookbooks
Use these books like Monopoly’s “Get out of Jail Free” card to permanently keep out of a culinary rut.
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Don’t get trapped in a Groundhog Day food rut! Keep yourself and your family engaged in good eating the Easy way.
Photos Courtesy of Easy Weekly Meals