If you’re into food, you’re probably always on the lookout for something new and unusual that you haven’t had before. However, even if you’re more of an eat to live type of person, you might be surprised at how much more engaged you become in food and cooking when you mix it up a little bit. The suggestions below can all introduce you to new food in a fun way.
Get a Snack Subscription Box
If you’ve ever traveled to another country, you probably already know that snack food is different wherever you go, sometimes very different. You can sign up for a snack subscription box service that delivers snacks from around the world to your front door. The boxes ship right away, so if you want to get started immediately or give it as a gift to someone else, you can. This is a fun way to introduce yourself to new foods that you might never encounter otherwise.
Create A Cooking Challenge
How about a cooking challenge? You choose the parameters. If you take a look around online, you may find other people have done similar challenges, but here are a few ideas. You could get a cookbook and cook your way through every recipe. You could pledge to make something in a particular category every week for a year, such as a new type of bread or pizza. You could plan to cook one meal a week from a different country. You could experiment with vegan or vegetarian cooking. If you are a parent this is also a great way to get kids involved in meal preparation. All you need to do is create some parameters and get started. You might want to put photos of your efforts up on social media so your friends can follow along.
Get Meal Kits
If you don’t quite feel up to cooking your way through a cookbook or a particular cuisine, you can always sign up for a service that delivers meal kits. This is a great way for inexperienced cooks to improve their skills. Companies generally send you exact measurements of what you need, and you can choose from among many different delicious meals.
Create a Restaurant Challenge
If you think of your oven and kitchen cabinets as good places to store things like books and clothes, maybe a restaurant challenge would be more in your wheelhouse. How you approach this might be limited depending on how much variety there is where you live, but if you live in a larger city, you could plan to eat out somewhere different every week. Another approach could be to pick your favorite restaurant and work your way through the menu. Even if your restaurant choices are limited, the key here is to make sure that you’re exposing yourself to some foods you’ve never eaten before. Even when you are on a diet there are tips for eating out that you can research to maintain your goals but still experience new foods and restaurants.
At the heart of all of this is being open to food. That means, barring any allergies or sensitivities, putting aside the picky eater who might be lurking in you and gamely trying new things. As your mother may have told you when you were a child, you only have to try a bite. You might be surprised by some of the new favorites you discover.