Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Is Your Food Boring?
As I sit and write this blogpost Mark is finishing his dinner. A stir fry of onion, mushrooms spinach, garlic and eggs with which he ususally eats for lunch, but tonight he is eating it for dinner. Oh, the stir fry has changes slightly sometimes if we don't have all of the ususal ingredients, but for the most part it's the same. I've pretty much had the same exact foods everyday myself. A carrot salad with chicken for lunch, some carrot soup (the last 2 days was carrot apple, today it was roasted carrot/ cauliflower curry w/raisins), and savory steel cuts oats with feta and black pepper (yesterday I added some roasted corn). My snacks stay the same as well, peanut butter on something (lol), or nuts, dried fruit, an apple.
As much as I love to read cookbooks and magazines (Rachael Rays "Everyday" is one of my current favs) I just don't understand this desire we are supposed to have to eat something different everyday (no pun intended). Lots of magazines have special sections that will map out entire daily menu plans one month at a time. Good grief....and I do mean grief. I find the most time consuming thing about cooking is trying new recipes, especially every night.
Oh, I look through cookbooks and cooking blogs for ideas, maybe some flavor combinations I've never thought to try, but for the most part I'll stick to the same meals, and if I do try something new that I like, I'll do it to death, changing it up to suit my tastes until something else comes along and then I repeat the process. The savory oat idea is a perfect example of this. Even though I eat the same basic foods I still get plenty of variety.
I can't remember the last time I was bored with my food. But I remember what it was like when I was. Back in the days of relying on ready made foods I got bored pretty regularly. There always seemed to be a debate on which of the 4 or 5 fast food choices to buy dinner at. Let's see....burger, taco / burrito, pizza, different kind of burger, Chinese....goodness, remember Mr. Chau's? A ton of food for around $5...and I do mean "a ton" those plates of food were heav-y!
Why go to a "nicer" restaurant? All of the usual chain restaurants food menus were barely a step up from fast food, so why pay two to three times as much for what? A burger, a taco, a burrito, a pizza....but you could get a salad at least....a salad with 1000 calories of processed meat, cheese, candied nuts, bacon bits and drowning in dressing.
When I go out these days it takes me forever to find anything on the menu that is half way appealing because I know how it's prepared. I'd rather come home and eat my own foods...I guess now I'm the one that's boring!
The question may be, is your food boring, or are you boring? I don't mind being healthier and boring.