I’ve been kinda going through a recipe rut lately.
Usually, inspiration kinda just comes to me— whether I’m at the grocery store, or looking through my fridge, or reading other friend’s blogs— recipe ideas just kinda flow in from my daily habits. I think that’s how most food bloggers work. I mean, it’s probably why we all got started in the first place, creativity just comes pretty naturally in the kitchen.
But recently, I’ve found myself a little less inspired to think out-of-the-box with food, still enjoying my time cooking, but relying mostly on old favorites instead of jumping straight into new, creative ideas. And to be frank, it feels pretty odd (slash terrible) to hit a wall creatively. I mean, come on, food bloggers aren’t supposed to get into a recipe rut! Right?!?
Wrong. We’re only human. I’m only human. And sometimes, that’s a tough thing to grapple with. Especially when the food blogging world looks so perfect and polished and pretty.
So I’m trying to remind myself that, at some point or another, we all have to go through something like this. Nothing comes easy and sometimes we need to give ourselves a little time and patience when it comes to our passions. Yeah, I know, easier said than done.
So as a way to rekindle those creative juices in me, I’m going back to basics (cue barefoot contessa music hehe). I’m trying not to get bogged down by all the amazingly creative content I read everyday in the blogging world, and instead, I’m reminding myself why I’m here with you guys today.
I’m here because I love to cook.
And sharing this love of cooking with you lovely people everyday is basically the coolest thing in the world. Well, maybe besides going to outer space, but still pretty freakin’ cool 😉
The more I remind myself of that, that reason I’m here creating and experimenting and photographing and writing, the better it feels to be honest and vulnerable and simple.
Speaking of simple….
Today’s recipe is super simple. As I reflect back on some of the recipes that sparked my initial love of cooking, mexican food always comes to mind. Burrito bowls and tacos were some of the first “recipes” I ever made, and going back to my “roots” feels pretty darn good today.
Instead of your typical beans or protein, I’m sharing a simple, creamy black bean hummus topping for your southwestern veggie bowl. This hummus is SO easy to throw together and is packed with flavor. Plus, I bet you have most of the ingredients lying around your house (I sure did).
Once that 5-minute black bean hummus is whipped up, all you need to do is cook up some brown rice (or quinoa will do), sauté some peppers and onions, and layer it all together with some fresh cherry tomatoes and creamy avocado.
Voila! A simple, delicious, nutritious burrito-style veggie bowl.
So I’m going to keep on keepin’ on— finding inspiration from simple recipes like these that remind me why I love cooking and creating SO much. Especially in today’s crazy food world, I guess it’s kind of good to take a step back to basics every once in a while. Hopefully I’ll get out of my funk soon!
What about you? Have you ever gotten into a recipe rut? How did you find your inspiration again?