We are just too tired to cook.. Is that true?
You know too tired to cook is the same thing that happens the evening before Thanksgiving. The shopping is all done , the house is cleaned and the preparations that can be done ahead are completed. So to keep the kitchen neat, lots and I mean lots of people eat out that night. I witnessed it during my restaurant years. I was always surprised, but I understand too how that can happen,it takes lots of time and energy to prepare for company and especially a large feast . We always say to each other that having company is the only way we keep on top of our house cleaning chores. But each and every time company is coming there is more to do than usual and it always takes longer than we think it will,but all of this leads into being too tired to cook.
Sometimes simple food is the best. I have said this before and in different ways. So we did have big plans for our dinner, but after working and going for a walk which was a really good thing (both things) we felt like cooking anything other than simple or carry in was just too much. I feel that by the time you call in an order to the local carry out place or place your order online, and then get in the car to go pick it up! Well at that point you might have been able to boil a pot of noodles or cook some rice and heated some sauce.The time spent ends up about the same as carry in would have. But the environmental ,financial and physical costs, far out weigh the foods preparation time saved. (supposedly anyways) We as Americans waste over 50 percent of our food. It plain and simply gets thrown away or spoils because we don’t prepare it . Gosh I forgot about our wonderful dinner , we did make a pot of rice(tonight’s choice white Basmati) put a couple of ho-made (frozen ahead)veggie patties and fresh brussel sprouts to cook on our grill and in short order. We were lucky to that we ran out of gas in our grills tank as our food completed it’s cooking. The food was exceptional and I know two of the farmers who grew the food, one of them being me who grows dried beans which went into my patties and one of my favorite farmers who grows brussel sprouts . We ate and were filled . So might you be too. Make dinner and food preparation a labor of love and do it together. Even a non cook can set a table and possibly wash or chop vegetables.