Hello dear readers!
Its been a week of changes of scenery here! Yesterday, I took over at “Say Yes to Salad” and today, I swapped with our my good friend Abby (who wrote a award worthy guest post last time). So dont forget to check out my guest post on her turf. I won’t bore you with my ramblings any further, so I now present you hers:
In the famous words of Richard Nixon…
What? Didn’t he say that? If he didn’t, then I’m going to. While I occasionally bake, I am not a cook. However, Eden—a professionally trained chef—asked me to do a food-focused swap. Make sense, no? Umm…no. But I’ll give it a shot.
The convenient thing about routines and rather restrictive food choices is just that—it’s a routine with restrictive food choices. While I still manage to add in a dash of drama and a pinch of neurosis on most days, for the most part, there’s really not much to plan when you eat the same things every day.
In addition, I live by myself, so it’s hard to buy small quantities of certain things. If I want lasagna, I don’t make a pan but rather a serving of Amy’s. Delicious every time.
But if I want a piece of garlic toast to go with it, I have to buy a whole box (and then I feel compelled to have garlic toast every day until the box is gone, as I hate things going to waste. I digress…)
Anyway, I am the annoying shopper that asks for four slices of cheese in the deli instead of buying a whole package in the store and balks at buying a whole jar of spaghetti sauce that will be used only a couple times and then expire in my fridge.
I don’t have to get creative and actually “cook” something fabulous five times a day, as that’s just not who I am. But I do have to put forth more planning, more effort and more, well, food. So what’s a girl to do? Here are a couple things I do for meals and snacks when I don’t feel like putting forth much effort but need to get in the extra calories.
Steam up big batches of rice to keep in the fridge, which is a great base for a ton of different options.
(Add butter, sliced almonds, veggies and protein and it’s delicious and so versatile.)
Pick out potatoes as big as my head and cover them in anything and everything, especially nut butters…
Doctor up those Amy’s meals. There is no shame in my game.
Become best friends with avocados and smash one up with hummus, herbs, spinach, etc. and place on toasted wheat bread multiple times a week.
I love me some food, so I do what I can. After all, I may not be a cook, but I am also not an idiot.
What’s your favorite meal when you cook only for yourself?