A couple nights ago I was tired, lazy and starving. A disastrous combination.
What I wanted to do was plop onto the couch, turn on So You Think You Can Dance and order from the fastest delivery place that I know.
Luckily I had just read a post from my favorite Lunch Box Lady about staying motivated and accountable when you really don’t feel like it. Granted, Colleen was talking about her gym life, but the truth is that motivation in the kitchen is just as important as the inspiration you need to get your sweat on.
So, I got cooking despite my clouding thoughts of how easy it would be to dial a phone number. And, oh, the agony of doing dishes. Okay, I was being a drama queen…but, I was starving! The menu board is completely unhelpful in times like these.
I decided to make fish because it cooks relatively quickly. Since there was zero chance I was actually going to cut anything, I got out a bag of pre-chopped vegetables. And I pulled out a box of NearEast couscous—my 5-minute grain miracle pasta—and loving savior in moments of utter starvation and laziness.
Like I said any extra work to feed myself in my starved state was just out of the question.
I quickly crusted tilapia with panko bread crumbs and coconut flakes (sounds fancier than it actually is) and put my fishy friends into the oven where I immediately proceeded to guzzle water to hold myself over. The moment the smell of my feast made it to my nose I knew I had made the right decision. Within 20 minutes I was eating and, in all honesty, that was probably faster than any delivery could have made it to me.
I’ll admit…it wasn’t the best meal I had ever prepared and I was definitely not going to win Top Chef title, but my meal satisfied, I didn’t have to pull out my wallet and I felt good about myself when I put my fork down.
You know that amazing feeling you get after you exercise? I find that the same “high” you get from breaking a sweat transfers to the feeling you get when you eat right. Once I got into the kitchen and started the quickie meal, it really wasn’t half so bad and all of my negative thoughts were replaced with positive ones (plus no after pizza sweat pants needed!).
In the end, I was so glad I mustered up the energy to make a healthy meal decision. And my pets were into it too.
On a completely random note, I saw this man lounging out on the subway like he was in his home living room. Not sure if this is genius or just flat out rude?? Needless to say, I don’t think the unspoken rules of fellow subway-ers would approve had it been bit more crowded…I feel like I have gained subway road rage since living here.
Huge thanks to The Lunchbox Diaries for my much needed meal motivation
Have you ever had similar lazy food cooking experience? What do you cook when you really don’t feel like it?
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