It is frustrating to try and figure out what to have for dinner, and thinking: dosen't sound good, takes too much time, don't have the ingredients.
Since most families repeat a set few 'favorites,' it does help to try to make a notebook with recipes or at least a list to refer to. It takes some time to find out what to add to the list. I find it helpful to add simple things that don't require a recipe, like a baked potato topped with split pea soup. It it is in my recipe book, I don't foget and never make it again.
I copied the scalloped potato recipe, I have never bought white miso but the recipe sounds good. If beans are out, tacos made with lentils are good.
I guess most recipes fall into categories: the starch: potato, rice, yam, lentils, bulgar, pasta or sad food substitute: burgers, meatloaf, tacos, pizza, stew, lasagna or ethnic: mexican, chineese, indian, italian.
When I try a new recipe or an old one that got mediocre reviews, I add side dishes: biscuits, fruit, salad or a desert. For real favorites I know everyone will get enough to eat with the one dish.