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Old 08-07-2018, 10:06 PM
Location: Denver CO
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i.e. How many different meals do you rotate through before you get back to the start of your "menu"?

I have oatmeal for breakfast almost every day (but many people tend to eat the same thing for breakfast)

Lunch is usually a peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwich with chips and baby carrots, whether I'm at work or off. Sometimes I have a hummus sandwich instead when I want savory instead of sweet.

Dinner is probably the most varied, but still not that much. I rotate between:
  • some kind of pasta
  • burritos or tacos
  • veggie burgers or fake chicken sandwiches
  • some kind of Asian inspired meal (stir fry, teriyaki, or a peanut sauce; either noodles or rice with vegetables (more rarely than the other meals)
  • a large salad on occasion when I feel like I haven't had enough vegetables (also rare)

That is probably 90% of my diet.

How many different meals do you cycle through?
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:21 PM
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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My diet is very varied. I don't think any two of my cooked meals are exactly the same.
I am also not picky and very adventurous eater. Would cook/try just about anything that is approved for human consumption. Also fond of ethnic cuisine - the real one, not Americanized.
I would have to think long and hard to tell you what I don't like or refuse to eat - if is cooked correctly (not burned, or excessively salted or sweetened).
At home, I don't have or ever had any set/predictive weekly menu. All my life I just cooked from ingredients already available at home, or decided about a meal when I went to the store.
There are no "typical" breakfast , lunch or dinner foods in my diet. I might eat leftover soup or dinner for breakfast, and scrambled eggs for dinner. Or whatever I feel like - typical or not.
All meals are savory, though. Leaving anything sweet, in miniscule amount, only for dessert.
Lots of raw vegetables and fruit. Little as possible commercially processed food.
I think that predictions, limitations and eating only few, personally approved foods, makes the whole experience boring and undesirable.
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Old 08-08-2018, 03:21 AM
Location: Florida
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We are also very adventurous eaters, usually not having a dinner repeat in a 2 month period. Love trying new cuisines from around the world. Seafood is high on our list. I eat uni but the only salmon I'll eat is either smoked or gravlax. Our weekly grocery list is for dinner only. Leftovers are breakfast and/or lunch. We purchase very few processed items and dessert, if any, is homemade or we purchase ice cream/gelato.

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Old 08-08-2018, 03:48 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We don't have a very adventurous diet at my house. I have a list of seven meals that I repeat every week. Several of the days, I have to cook two separate dinners because we can't all eat the same things. My oldest kiddo can't eat leftovers at all because she has a histamine intolerance. Everything I cook is from scratch. I do buy cheese that's already made, but that's about it. I get hives from the heat when I try to cook, so I try to cook things that don't require a lot of standing at the stove.
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Old 08-08-2018, 05:44 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well breakfast is very boring I guess. Not because we don't have a varied one but because I a certain thing I fix the same day each week: 2 morning cold cereal; poached eggs on tues, big breakfast on Sat; Mexican or something like that on Sunday and Friday we have bagels and cream cheese with Thursday being scrambled eggs. The rest of the week we eat so many different thing. Normally I do a menu after shopping and we do not repeat what we have for a few weeks, at least. There is very little I don't like and even spoiled brat will eat more of a variety than many men I am guessing. He just has a list of things he will not eat and it annoys me. but even our green salads have different ingredients every time we fix it. Well, not every time, but you know what I mean. You would think, at my age I would not be trying so many new recipes but I try one jsut about once a week.
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Old 08-08-2018, 06:31 AM
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I flavor things differently, but the Majority of what's eaten comes down to a Protein (meat usually), veggies and then maybe some fats/carbs/etc for the flavor. In terms of recipes, I have hundreds. It's not uncommon for me to make a dish only once or twice a year. Even a favorite, like Pizza, is only 3 or maybe 4 times a year. When I'm going through recipes while doing my weekly meal planning, I will frequently come across something that I remember being really good, but not when I last had/made it. I like that I get to rediscover meals like this, things I *know* are good.

Absolutely no routine, no "themed" nights/meals. About the closest I come to that is cooking the same protein a little too frequently, which I've apparently done with chicken lately as my wife started moaning about it the other day.
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Old 08-08-2018, 06:46 AM
Location: Middle of the ocean
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My diet is always different, we rarely make the same recipe twice, and even when we do, it is different each time. We rotate everything, from type of protein, oils, veggies and spices.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:43 AM
Location: Western Colorado
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The basic food groups, meat, chocolate, ice cream, pizza.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:54 AM
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Pretty varied with a few staple faves thrown into the mix. I cook Turkish and Indian recipes,and since finding a good Asian market trying out new produce and stir fry. I have to be cautious and figure out how to make them paleo ,so my days of cooking chappatis and eating rice is slimmed down considerably.
My Brit fav dishes are on hold.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:59 AM
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Very varied. I don't have menus on rotation. We like new things.

In the summer I frequently have fruit for breakfast. In the colder months, oatmeal, cinnamon and fruit. Or a smoothie with kale and berries. Yummy
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