14 June 2010

The Funk

About two times a year, I get in a food funk. I don't want to cook. I don't want to decide what to eat. Nothing sounds appetizing. And I don't like eating out. I keep stand-bys on hand so that I can grab something for a meal: cereal, frozen dinners, meal replacements. Healthy, I know. I wish I could say that during said food funks, I was able to drop a couple of sizes, but I somehow manage to squeeze in my normal amount of calories. It's a gift, really.

And, yes, I did pull off a dinner for Husby's half-birthday celebration, but you wouldn't believe the struggle I had trying to come up with something to throw together. I mean, I sat in the grocery store parking lot for half an hour looking at recipes on my iPhone. Let me remind you that the only cooking involved was baking a Blackberry Buckle that required one bowl and a casserole dish. Everything else was prep only. And I was so grateful!

These seasons of food funkiness last a couple of weeks. Previously, I could make it on the foods scrounged up around the house or impulsively thrown into the buggy at the grocery store, but now I have a boy's nutrition to worry about. He still enjoys eating when I don't. Although he's assured me that eating lighter for a couple of weeks will not be detrimental, but I sure hope I don't starve him!

Yesterday, I tried so hard to get motivated while making our meal plan for the next couple of weeks. But I just couldn't. Any recipe that required meat or turning on the oven was pretty much out. (Oh yeah, I'm a really picky meat eater now.) So, our meal plan for the next couple of weeks includes a few fruit-cheese-wine-and-bread nights, bruschetta, bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, and salads.

I certainly hope the funk passes quickly. And I really hope that Husby doesn't starve before it passes! So does he. :)

Does anyone else struggle with a food funk? What are your favorite go-to food items? Easy meals? Salad ideas? Favorite frozen dinners? (Mine are Lean Cuisine Pepperoni Pizza and Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken.)

Really, I'll take anything.


Christine said...

I'm just impressed that you use recipes so much! The best I can do lately is throw some veggies and meat in a pan and make a stir-fry with whatever is in the fridge. Or just eat tons of raw fruit. Or how about veggies and hummus?

Di said...

i'm a big fan of bagged romaine lettuce, bag of fajita chicken strips, and I'll usually toss in some crutons or preshelled sunflower seeds, pop open a bottle of light ceasar dressing and poof dinner :)