It’s really kind of a tragedy that I don’t like to cook. I love food. And most things related to food. I even think going to the grocery store is kind of fun. The Food Network is one of the most frequently-watched channels at our house, and that doesn’t even include Top Chef.
But I just don’t like to cook. It feels like extra work to me, especially because somebody will have to do the dishes after we eat. And I’m not even the one who does them all the time, but it’s like the looming possibility is just too much to handle with everything else I have to do in a day. Good thing I picked a guy who likes to help around the house, huh?
Side note: As I was writing this last night, I got a text from Hubsey who was in NYC for work: “So I’m eating a pig’s face. And it’s awesome.” Then he sent me a picture, which was… weird, but kind of interesting? It was apparently deep fried and the kitchen brought it out to him by mistake, so it was also free. I bring this up mainly because I don’t do anything cool like fried pig’s face when I’m in the kitchen.
I do make a lot of nachos, though:
I struggle with food sometimes because I want us to be healthy, which generally means making more dishes from scratch, but I also have a lot of things to balance in my life and don’t want to spend forever cooking. I settle for doing a lot of easy dishes with only a few fresh ingredients: nachos, chili, spaghetti, and stir fry are favorites. Homemade pizza has been making an appearance the last several months, too.
More often than not, I rely on something packaged to round out a meal. Trader Joe’s has a great selection of frozen sides, so I use those a lot. Actually, Trader Joe’s has great everything. I recommend the tomato-basil pasta sauce, the breaded eggplant, the salt and pepper potato chips, and the pork potstickers. Oh! And the black bean taquitos. (It’s hard to go wrong in there.)
I also pick up a few packaged things from Target, mainly Annie’s organic items. All varieties of the mac and cheese are excellent, as are the cheddar bunnies.
Both of us are very snacky, so sometimes we just have a mish-mash of finger foods for dinner. As long as we have veggies and hummus, chips and salsa, or cheese and crackers, we’re good to go. I also like to have bagels or trail mix hanging around, and Hubsey is into cereal.
The one area I am very picky about is our fresh produce. I pay out the nose for organic goodies from Whole Foods, and now that I’ve been doing that for a while I can’t imagine going back. They have such an impressive spread, and the quality really is better than the other stores in the area. It’s worth every penny. I don’t get a lot of packaged food there because the same organic brands are cheaper at Target, but sometimes I splurge on fancy wine and cheese. (More finger food!)
So what do you eat at home? Do you like to cook elaborate meals, or are you in the faster-is-better group like me? What’s your favorite thing to make? Anybody else a Snacky McSnackerson?