What we eat when we need a break from meal planning/cooking.
Lately I’ve been tired of cooking, so I wanted to share how Andrew and I approach weeks when we’re tired of getting food on the table. I think being a healthy eater and competent eater means being able to care more or less about food each week based on available energy levels and it not affecting one’s self worth to eat differently. This is to be able to notice if you’re depleted and know that means you need to do x with food that week to help yourself out. It goes without saying, that even if one’s appetite is low or they are tired of cooking, meals and snacks must still be eaten.
We ended up grocery shopping at Target this week, which we rarely do. We were there to buy some baby gates for the house to keep the girls out of our front room that has become Andrew’s office/my piano room/his guitar room. It’s been really nice to have one room in the house that doesn’t get untidied throughout the day. On the days of the week I’m home with the girls, if I want a clean space I can step in there and it’s like a breath of fresh air. That was a tangent. Anyways, we were at Target and decided to get our food there and I noticed a pattern for our meal prep when we don’t feel like putting a lot of effort into food for the week. Typically I like more elaborate meals with a lot of components (that’s why I love Chipotle and How Sweet Eats Recipes), but some weeks I really don’t want to think about food and instead just want to get food on the table. I like putting effort and thought into food, it’s something I somewhat enjoy, if you don’t you may eat like the below every week…which is fine! To each their own. My intention in sharing this post is to show that flexibility with food is good and necessary to care for yourself well. Here’s what we do:
- Get something sizable that’s frozen.
- Ordering some large takeout thing that lasts for multiple meals.
- Make a protein and something fresh.
Get something sizable that’s frozen.
This week Andrew picked out a frozen lasagna and I grabbed a few bags of steamer vegetables. This meal lasted us for a couple lunches and dinners.
Ordering some large takeout thing that lasts for multiple meals.
We have two go-to’s when we want our takeout to last awhile.
The first is a deal called La Familia from Fajita Pete’s. It comes with chicken fajitas, flautas, flour tortillas, beans, rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, queso (which Jo has affectionately named “cheese soup”), salsa, chips, & sopapillas.
Our other favorite option is getting a couple entrees and sides from Rice Box (my favorite Chinese-American takeout place). Their tofu is the best. It’s breaded & fried and everything I want my tofu to taste like. Their lo mein noodles are also excellent and ever since one of the characters on Word Party talked about noodles, Jo is all about them.
Oh, and a large pizza from somewhere that has a substantial crust (like Mellow Mushroom (as opposed to thinner crusted pizza that wouldn’t last nearly as long) works too.
Make a protein and something fresh.
In the midst of takeout and frozen meals I typically start craving something fresh, this week that fresh craving was satisfied by making a batch of nice & lemony tzatziki. We also had a pork shoulder that needed to be cooked, so I tossed that in the crock-pot one morning. We’ll have this with whatever we have on hand: rice, tomatoes, feta, etc. and now I’m thinking it would’ve been nice to have this meal with some type of veggie slaw so I may pop into the grocery store if I get a chance. Actually we have a bunch of zucchini in the fridge so I might see if their are any zucchini slaw recipes out there that look good.
Do you have any go-to meals/snacks when you don’t feel like cooking?