There can be so much stress around cooking; I get it—in fact, I feel it myself. Every single stupid day there’s another meal to think up, shop for, cook and clean up. Some days I’m exhausted before I even start.
Oh, and don’t forget how Very Important it is for your health, and your children’s future, and your budget, and the planet (!) to sit down to a homey meal at the table every damn night. My Facebook feed doesn’t let me forget.
It’s all just TOO MUCH.
Here’s the secret: Not every meal is supposed to be extraordinary – or even special. We would have failed at evolution if this was a biological imperative!
Many, if not most, of the 1000-plus meals we eat every year can be simple. Already most lunches and breakfasts are repetitive or at least variations on a theme. Of course, that doesn’t mean they are boring or unworthy of your attention (even if it’s brief). But if we can organize something fairly tasty to put on the table before Thomas starts losing his shit, it’s a win. So we have garlic spaghetti, or roast chicken and salad, or random fridge leftovers most nights of the week. I cannot even count how many nights Thomas has eaten an apple and some buttered toast or a bowl of cereal for supper. Check in with me in 10 years, but so far he seems to be fine.
The benefits of a homemade meal are so worth it that we simply have to get find a way there without killing ourselves. And I mean the tangible benefits, like:
- not being hungry
- happy, quiet, fed children, spouses and yourself
- eating nutritiously
- saving money
- saving time
- being happy and less stressed
- so many others
So the next time you are thinking there is no way in hippity-hop you’ll be cooking a homemade meal tonight, cut yourself some slack and have a lazy meal: pasta with butter, or toast, cheese and an apple for supper. It’s cheap and fast, and you still get credit for making dinner.