Sometimes, cooking is just annoying
There are some days when I don't feel like cooking. I don't want to dirty my dishes or the kitchen, I don't want to deal with the chaos of a million pans, bowls, and knives, and I want a healthy, flavorful meal to appear in front of me... And cost next to nothing.
Do you ever feel this way?
You know home cooked food is the best for you, so you want to want to do it, but you don't.
When this feeling pops up, there are 3 options:
#1: Pick up the phone and order in.
#2: Get off of your butt and go to a restaurant
#3: Suck in up and cook
You know how to do the first two. Those are easy.
But what about the 3rd... I want to make #3 feel easier for you.
When you start feeling anxious and annoyed at the thought of having to cook... Try this.
What does that even mean?
It means slow down, take a deep breath and view cooking as an act of love for your body and whomever else you may be feeding.
That sounds woo woo Catie. I'm sure that works GREAT for you, but would never work for me. I'm a real person who lives in the real world. So thanks, but no thanks.
I get that, I really do.
But I have been amazed at how different and satisfying cooking feels when I decide that I want to really enjoy it. That I want my food to be made with care-full intention and not haste.
When you rush through making your food, you will more likely rush through eating it.
When you are annoyed that you have to cook, the food will not be nearly as satisfying.
Plain and simple, food that has been intentionally prepared, with care and love for what you are doing tastes better, is more satisfying, nutritious, and will not have you needing a dessert afterwards. #winning.
And if you still don't believe me, I challenge you to make Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with a side of Blackberry Mint Salad with Tahini Lime Dressing. Make it with patience. Make it with care and the intention.
Then feel the difference.
Some care-full cooking tips:
#1: Wash the peppers with care, note how the water feels running over your hands and the texture of the pepper skin.
#2: Stir the quinoa and notice how the spoon cuts through the grainy mixture. Feel difference in the resistance of the quinoa in your spoon when there is more or less liquid left in the pot.
#3: Taste a blackberry while you are making the salad. Chew it slowly and appreciate its sweet, tart taste.
#4: Lay the food on your plate patiently, with gentle care. Arrange it as if you were about to serve it to the most important person on the planet (in this case, that is yourself and/or family members).
#5: Before you eat, sit down. Look at your plate, admire what you have created. Your body is about to be nourished with good, whole food that was prepared with care and love.