15 November 2011

A few words from the chef

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I don't cook. I don't. I haven't cooked much in the 22 years I've been married. I'd say in the last 10 years I have cooked maybe 5 times. I do cook special things; lilikoi pie, a special chicken dish that I make; but that's about it. The fact of the matter is that I can be quite a good cook when I want to. I know how, I'm just not that fond of doing it. Well, this week I was faced with a choice. My husband, the cook, has to work nights all week. Since I am just getting over being sick, and eating like crap, and I really want to commit to WW and make it work, I was faced a serious choice. I could do like I normally do when he works nights; eat junk and live on take out. Or I could break down and cook. Gasp!!! What did she say?????? Yes, cook. I decided to bite the bullet and cook. Saturday I went to the open market and the stores and stocked up. I bought tons and tons of veggies. I got olive oil, salmon,cereal, yogurt, and seasonings. I came home and cooked. On Saturday night I made baked salmon with roasted veggies. Yum!!! Sunday I made stir-fry chicken with veggies. Yum!!! Monday I was lazy and had some more salmon. Tonight I felt like some chicken but really did not feel like cooking. Luckily cooking is like riding a bike and I remembered old stand-bys. I took the chicken thighs, put them in a casserole dish, covered them in garlic and Italian seasonings and Classico marinara sauce. I put it in the oven at 350 for about 40 minutes. Towards the end I threw some veggies in the oven to roast them. Dinner was a chicken thigh and roasted veggies. Dear Lord that was good. I am so full right now. And it was awesome.

It was interesting tonight. I didn't feel like cooking but I sure as heck did not want take out. So as tired as I was I knew I had to cook. Also, the truth of the matter is that I am feeling awesome. I have energy, except for tonight, I'm just feeling good. I did not want to eat junk and ruin that good feeling. So the hassle of cooking was worth not feeling like crap. It's amazing how quickly your attitude can change and it really is all in your head.

So the chef is now off to watch the Biggest Loser and consider doing some work. Or not :)

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