Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cooking and Me- A Love Story

Just a few short years ago, if I were asked to cook something, I would have probably stomped my foot and refused. My idea of cooking was heating up a Stouffer's Lasagna in the oven. I kept my silverware in the refrigerator because there was so much space.

I'm not exactly sure what changed, but I can think of some possibilities. I know that, before I had kids, my husband cooked. If there was cooking happening, it was by him. I cleaned the kitchen after. I hated cleaning up the kitchen, so I started occasionally doing the cooking.

Another issue was that when my son was born, I tried to put us on some sort of schedule. Before he was around, we just kind of ate "whenever". I wanted to insure that we ate by a certain time each night, so I cooked (reluctantly).

Somewhere along the way I started to enjoy it.

Now, I do my best to plan our meals weekly, and on the rare occasion when it's 5:00 and I have no idea what's for dinner, it drives me insane. (I usually have a shake, give my son a sandwich and some applesauce, and tell my husband to find something for himself..).

Anyway, I've discovered that I actually enjoy cooking, and have started moving away from recipes and "improvising" (a concept that was impossible for me a few years ago).

Here's what we ate last night:

It's Beef Broccoli Stir Fry. I started with a recipe, but it turned out, I didn't have a lot of the required items...

We had some leftover beef from the night before, so I needed to use it. I got 3 bags of frozen broccoli (could have probably done with 2), made some whole wheat spaghetti (which I always try to have on hand), and sauteed some onions and garlic. I cooked the broccoli in the microwave (!!!), added it to the stir fry with the beef (cut into pieces), and added some soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and salt.

I probably won't win my own show on The Food Network, but it was pretty good.

Oh, and I cut up some carrots (of which we have an abundance) and cooked those in salt and olive oil.

Did I mention my primary goal is to make it easy?

So, I'll try to post recipes as I come up with them (although, it's hard for me to keep track of exact measurements as I go..).

Are any of you recovering cooking-phobics like me? Do you enjoy it, or is it just something you HAVE to do?

Until next time...


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brooke said...

That looks great!! I am not a cooking-phobic, recovering or otherwise, but I find that there are days when just the thought of making another meal leaves me comatose for an hour. Good for you for foraging ahead into uncharted territory!

Sarah said...

Brooke, you definitely inspire me in this!