I used to make a big batch of one recipe and try to eat it throughout the week. But inevitably by night 2 or 3, I'd be bored with that pot of chili, or crockpot chicken with salsa and wanting to pick up something new.
I've also tried following new recipes each night in order to keep things interesting. But that's not sustainable either because following a recipe requires one, time to plan to make sure I have all the ingredients and two, the ability to focus while following a recipe (hello, toddler on my leg). Two things I can't guarantee on a weekly or daily basis.
What works best for me most of the time, is following meal formulas instead of recipes. In other words, basic templates that work with a variety of different ingredients. Once I understand the formula cooking becomes second nature and I don't have to focus or scroll through a recipe on my phone. And since these formulas work with everything on my capsule kitchen list, I always have the right ingredients on hand.
One of my favorite meal formulas is the Asian-Inspired Grain Bowl. It's easy but it tastes complex. It's customizable so you'll never get bored and you can modify it easily for picky eaters and dietary preferences.
Here are a few examples of this simple and outrageously delicious formula on my dinner table. All the meals below follow the Asian-Inspired Grain Bowl formula yet are so different from one another.Read More