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Monday, July 26, 2010

Recipe Exhaustion

 I used to love to cook.  I didn't mind spending a few hours prepping and putting together yummy meals.  I didn't care if I had to run to the store to pick up one or two things.  I could look into my fridge, grab a few ingredients and whip up this awesome meal.  Now I would rather pluck all my eyelashes out.  With tweezers. 

Looking at a chicken breast no longer gives me inspiration.  It gives me hives.  I dread putting Jack in the car just to pick up one or two things at the store.  I buy the same ingredients and make the same boring dishes.  It doesn't help matters that I can be slightly picky.  Not picky like I won't eat this or that food.  Picky as in I want to eat a certain thing but I have no idea what that certain thing is but I must eat it and only it.  I try looking for new recipes online and in my cookbooks, but then my grocery bill goes through the roof since I have to buy the $7 spice just to use like 1/4tsp.  And I am more of a wing it kinda girl.  I'm not so much into measuring things.  But I'll gladly take suggestions of new dinners, even if I do have to measure.

Bobby has it so easy.  He gets to go to work for 14+ hours a day and come home and dinner is magically in front of him.  No thinking or chasing a baby involved.  I wish dinner would magically appear for me.  I thought the delivery of our farmbox would help dinner magically appear, but that hasn't happened yet.  What the heck am I paying $26.75 for anyway??

I also want to eat healthier.  We actually eat fairly healthy, but I want to incorporate more whole grains.  I made a yummy quinoa salad for our dinner last night.  It was southwestern flavored with nectarines, grilled corn, tomatoes, green onions, and a honey-lime vinegarette.  Randomly I get the inspiration...

Part of my problem is the grocery stores fault.  None of the grocery stores around here live up to my expectations.  I don't really blame them for that, afterall, who can really compare to Wegmans anyway?  I used to get so many great groceries at Weg's.  I would spend hours shopping and always leave feeling so accomplished and happy.  I leave Kroger or Publix trying to figure out what the heck I just spent $100 on...  Everything in Wegmans is just perfect.  They make it so easy to shop for meals.  I am so excited to go home in August and walk around a real grocery store.  I swear, anyone who has been to a Wegman's feels the same way I do, I am not crazy, repeat, I am not crazy.

2 comments:

Beth

I have been feeling the exact same way recently and just realized it today. Weird. Anyways, I have started searching through my cookbooks for inspiration (not finding it) and online for new recipes that sound enticing. If I find any I'll be sure to let you know ;) Also, I have the same "pickiness" problem you do...It sucks!

Chelle

That's been me lately. I get in a rut and have the hardest time breaking free. I blame it on not having any game meat nor a Whole Foods around me to let me buy quality fresh veggies and fruits.

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