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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