There is something I haven’t been telling you: I am tired of baking. I am tired of cooking. I am tired of preparing food. I used to find so much pleasure in making things, but lately whenever I set out to prepare something the only thing running through my head is “I don’t want to”. And by lately, I mean the past few weeks. In light of that this WIAW post is going to feature the time spent on making a typical days edibles.
Mulberry Magic Overnight Oats
I make my breakfast the night before, in about 10-12 minutes, if I am lucky and it doesn’t explode in the microwave the first time. Unfortunately I’m not a very lucky person, as I have to restart about 30% of the time (or I need a bigger bowl).
Microwave Protein Pancake with green apple and cottage cheese. No recipe, because it was only alright.
Usually my morning snack consists of an apple and some sort of baked protein good such as the above microwave pancake, my cocoa velvet pudding cookies, or my confused snickerdoodles. On Sundays I make up a batch of both the velvet cocoa pudding cookies, and the confused snickerdoodles (2 servings of each = 4 snacks for the week) in about 40 minutes. So about 10 minutes for each snack if you break it down.
I pack my lunch the night before, which usually only takes about 5 minutes. Usually it’s a salad topped with either black beans, cottage cheese, nuts, cheddar cheese, or hemp seeds. Than another apple. I pack three apples for the day, and I have to chop them all, as I have explained before. Another time killer.
Protein flax bread (recipe soon) with cream cheese peanut butter icing
Some Afternoon snack is usually another pre-baked good like the above pictured protein flax bread, or my gluten bread with laughing cow. I usually make 3 servings of gluten bread on Sunday which takes about 30 minutes. So about 10 minutes for the snack.
I love my steamer. This appliance is a time saver!
Dinner is probably my fastest meal as I’m hungry and in a rush. I have a steamer which I pre-load with vegetables in the morning then set a delayed timer. By the time I get home they are steamed to perfection. Then I add either halibut, salmon (which I cook on Sunday in about 30 minutes), canned black beans, or canned tuna.
Can you tell I am slightly obsessed with microwave cookies, and tahini?
By the time I am done dinner I have about 20 minutes to sit, before I start making my microwave cookies for night snack. They don’t take a long time to make (maybe 7-10minutes) but I like to eat them partially frozen, so I have to cook them ahead of time.
As you can see that is a lot of time spent preparing food…and I am tired of it.
Have you ever gone through a period when you were tired of making food? What did you do about it?