Monday, February 15, 2010
I’m not a big fan of cooking. I don’t have the patience for it. I hate that when I try a new recipe I end up buying a lot of new ingredients because I don’t keep much stuff around the house. It ends up costing the same as going out to eat, if not more. Of course, if I used the ingredients more often, it would be well worth it. Cooking isn’t top of mind for me. Once I get hungry, I want it now. I don’t want to take the time to prepare anything.
I do like cooking with my best friend in Oklahoma. We cooked many different vegan Mexican meals during my junior year of college (I’m not vegan though). It’s fun to cook with someone else because you have someone to talk to and someone to help.
I decided to prepare “Eileen’s Sesame Ginger Stir-fry” with “Sesame Roasted Asparagus” on the side. I bought the ingredients on Friday evening, and substituted the tofu in the recipe for chicken. Unfortunately, the recipe called for several different veggies, sesame seed oil, and sesame seeds – all of which I didn’t have. I had to ask a grocery store employee where several things were, and I was disappointed to pay $7 for the jar of sesame seeds. But I wanted to try something new.
It took a 45 minutes to cook the chicken and brown rice (and I should have spent that time cutting up the veggies).
The meal was amazing. The asparagus was the best I’d ever tasted. Sorry I didn’t take a photo! I just tracked the meal on Spark, and realized it was only approximately 321 calories. This means it’s ok that I had a few chocolates today! Yay!
I felt such a sense of accomplishment for actually preparing a meal (with help) and it turning out well. Cooking can end up being great, and not a waste of time. I just need to make sure I have some time before I get hungry in order to prepare the meal. I’ve always felt a sense of accomplishment after cooking something – I just hated taking so much time to cook. It doesn’t seem feasible to cook that often. But I know it would be a lot healthier for me to prepare my own meals instead of heating up processed stuff (even if it’s Healthy Choice). I think I’m reaching the stage in my life where I’m realizing what it means to eat healthy.
How do you get past all the boundaries to cooking (patience, buying new ingredients, time, etc.) ?