Someone asked where I get meal ideas. They come from many different places. Cookbooks, Pinterest, and menus are some of my favorite places to find inspiration. I have been known to snap pictures or descriptions of menus and my family’s food in restaurants.
Once a week my daughter and I go out to lunch/dinner. We are away from home all day so it is just easier to eat out one meal a week. This has proved to be a great source of inspiration.
Last week we went to Red Robin for burgers. I ordered the Southern Charm burger (above). It was pretty good. Bacon candied with brown sugar, honey BBQ sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce on a ciabatta bun. My daughter ordered the Sautéed ‘Shroom Burger. This is her absolute favorite burger. Tons of sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese on a burger is her idea of the perfect burger (below).
So what does this have to do with meal ideas? Find something you like and turn it into something else! Start with the original and then make it different. Maybe a Southern Charm pizza with candied bacon and caramelized onions on a pizza with barbecue sauce. Or how about a Sautéed ‘Shroom hamburger in a pita or a casserole with Swiss Cheese sauce with mushrooms and hamburger over pasta? Find the flavors you love and make it your own.
I have turned appetizers into casseroles and sandwiches into pizzas. Make pizzas into sandwiches and casseroles into pizzas. Mix it up and have FUN!
I am sure you will be seeing some of these ideas coming up in the next few weeks for our dinners.