I Ain't Got Time To Bleed ... uh, Cook

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A lot of people claim they have no time to cook. Forgive me but ... horseshit.

Everyone has time to cook; we just convince ourselves that we don't because of soccer practice, work, getting the kids to school, time at the gym, visiting with friends and family, sleeping, chores, shopping, etc.  I say again...horseshit.  Its my blog; I can swear if I want to.  Now, before anyone gets all pissy with me and starts to go off on how they are, in fact, far to busy to cook, I admit that there are occasions when we all find ourselves short of time so we grab something quick, convenient and, typically, unhealthy.  I'm not talking about those one offs; I'm talking too busy to cook most of the time.

There's a ton of time in your day / week to get some cooking in.  No one's asking that you create 7-course French dinner, fold your napkins into elaborate shapes, and make sure everyone's got the right fork for appetizer, salad, entree and dessert.  Heck, growing up, our dinners consisted of either Shake'n'Bake chicken or pork chops, some form of potato, and a vegetable (sometimes frozen or from a can).  Simple.  And ready in 1/2 an hour.

Tick Tock, Make the Clock Stop
The reason I have some pretty great lunches and dinners (if I do say so myself) is that I plan ahead. I'm not talking about a set menu for the entire week or making up a weeks' worth of meals in advance. I make full use of my time. Once in a while I make a bit pot of soup, spaghetti sauce, chili, or a casserole and that lasts me a few days. While I'm getting ready in the morning, I have a piece of chicken in the oven baking, possibly veggies steaming on the stove. I might make extra food for dinner the night before so I have leftovers for lunch the next day. When I get home from work, I throw a potato in the oven and then hop on the treadmill while its baking. Double duty.  Hee hee, I said doooodee.

What's brough on this sudden rant, you ask?  Two words:  Biggest Loser.  Now, I have a love/hate relationship with this show.  I find it both inspiring, hopeful and fun to watch but also infuriating, unrealistic, and, at times, dangerous. The other day, a coworker and I were discussing the show and how they only seem to focus on the exercise aspect of weightloss and only touch on "nutrition" when they have to plug a sponsor's product or it ties in with a challenge involving food (generally a temptation where at least one contestant gorges themselves on donuts, pizza, or deep fried anything).  Last night's episode however promised to be nutrition-centric with a visit from the show's dietician.  Disappointment.  Other than a trip to the supermarket, there was little substance to what they had to offer.  I was hoping for an episode where they discussed proper portion size, packaged foods vs. fresh (instead of hawking their meal plan), healthy recipes, and the benefits of eating regularly.  Nope. None of that.  So frustrating.  America is learning that as long as you work out 5 hours a day and eat ready made 'diet' meals, you'll be thin and fit.  Grrrrrr.

It takes no time at all to whip up a simple meal for you and your family.  To help ourselves manage our time during the week, on the weekend my mother and I cut up a container of onions, peppers, and various veggies. When you need some, grab a handful and throw it into whatever you're making. Fresh sauteed onions for pierogies, a quick salad or stirfry, soup fixin's.  Its there and ready to go, you've just saved yourself 10 minutes of chopping time!

Do yourself a favour and try a little harder.  There's no such thing as "I don't have time..." when it comes to cooking.


Kasia said...

Great post Miss London

Karen said...

Thank you, my dear! I miss you!

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