Two and a half weeks into my new life as married woman, Massachusetts resident (though technically not official yet) and head cook of the household, I’m not doing as well as I thought I’d be. I have a couple legit reasons for this and a lot of mediocre excuses.
I haven’t been eating very well. Lunch has generally remained vegetarian (though not necessecarily healthy: I had tortilla chips with cheese and salsa as my entire lunch the other day) and I’ve had some vegetarian meals for dinner, but I feel like more meat has appeared on our plates than I intended. But meat is easy: you only have to heat up a ham steak or a keilbasa. Anything involving vegetables or beans or most grains requires more prep than that. And sometimes I don’t feel like cooking. (Side note: My Man does, has and will cook if I ask him to…or if I’m asleep at dinner time, which has happened…but I’m supposed to be the one all excited to do so)
I didn’t expect planning meals and cooking to be as draining and difficult as it is. I was so excited to cook a week’s worth of meals, but it’s so much more work than just cooking one dish and eating it for lunch all week. It’s a lot of effort to pour throught the supermarket fliers and try to find the best deals. I have a small collection of cookbooks I love and a binder of miscellaneous recipes I want to try. Yet it’s easier to make things I’ve made before or that I know my Man likes than to try something new. Actually, that’s a pretty lame excuse.
I want to cook. I want to maintain this blog. I want to eat healthier than I have been. I need to start working out…at least walking…again. I think it’s primarily a matter of getting into routine: finding out what works, what doesn’t, what ingredients are great but not too expensive, remembering that I really do love cooking and being in the kitchen.
-Find more quick, easy, delicious and healthy (because a big pot of pasta every night is not healthy) vegetarian recipes
-Make recipes using the ingredients we already have
-Limit dinners with meat to once or twice a week
-Go for a walk every day