I'd been getting dull in the kitchen, friends. For the past several months, I haven't feel very inspired to make dinner after getting home from work. Two nights a week, it's been turkey burgers stuffed with light garlic and herb Laughing Cow cheese and a side of roasted vegetables. Two more nights, pasta with kale and turkey sausage (out of the casing... always out of the casing) with a spinach salad on the side. Fill in the other three nights with something like turkey chili (there's a turkey theme going on here, apparently), homemade pizza or risotto, maybe a chicken dish and you've got our week. I've been rotating through my same old dishes for what feels like forever now. They're tasty and healthy, but I'm getting down right sick of them.
Enter polenta. Inspired by a dish a Junior's in southeast Portland, I made polenta with sauteed leeks and mushroom with poached eggs for lunch the other day and made a couple variations of the meal for dinner (surprise... one included turkey sausage). I'm sure I'll tire of this equation soon, too, but for now it's shaking things up just enough.
I've also been relying on Everyday Food (thanks, Mom) for inspiration recently. I've made a few stir-fries, mixed up a tuna and anchovy dip that would make the men in my family gag but that I just love (it includes lemon juice, pepper flakes, and capers), and added a new cauliflower recipe to my repertoire thanks to the magazine.
Do you have any go-to meals that you rely on? Recipes that are easy enough to throw together after work, that don't require fancy ingredients, and that can be edited and altered without consequence ('cause I love to mess with a recipe)? Do share.