Hi friends, today I’m flipping back my hair to talk about things pregnancy has taught me about cooking.
“OK, why exactly is she writing about pregnancy now?”
Surrrrpriiise! If you haven’t already seen my Instagram announcement a little while ago, lemme tell you something exciting: We’re expecting our second
sleep depriver extraordinaire tiny human.
Very, very soon.
The reason why I didn’t make an announcement at a more reasonable time is pretty simple: I was grossly sick for the better part of this year. As in, I couldn’t even look at pictures of food anymore.
Awesome situation when I’m supposed to be very invested in, you know, recipes and stuff.
And now you also know why I only published a handful of posts so far in 2016. #bloggeroftheyearaward
But it’s not like I was just resting my unicorn legs either (though I’m doing it pretty regularly now with this whole summer and heat thing going on). I actually learned a lot during this not-so-easy time.
With a toddler at home, I especially learned about having to handle food when you really, really, actually don’t want to.
So here are the top 5 things pregnancy has taught me about cooking food for a family when you really don’t want to:
1. Knowing how basic cooking works instead of relying on recipes makes life 100x easier.
Don’t get me wrong, I mean I just spent two years sharing recipes on this blog.
But I had a little revelation during the last few months: Recipes aren’t actually all that helpful if you don’t know how to cook by heart.
Constantly looking at recipes kind of made me lose my passion and creativity in the kitchen. Sure, it’s too-cool-for-school to look for guidance every step of the way. But when time/motivation/stomach sanity is short, that’s pretty impossible.
And makes take-out and convenience food seem so freakin’ perfect.
Speaking of convenience food…
2. Sometimes convenience food is better than no food.
Yah, you heard it from me first.
I’m a big believer in cooking fresh food for my family. I’m by no means advertising a clean-eating-only policy, I love my sugar and butter. As long as I put it into the cookies myself.
But when you know things are going to be totally crazy for a little while, there’s certain convenience products that can make your life so. much. easier. in the kitchen.
Things like organic tortellini so you can make a quick and filling chicken noodle soup. Or even just bags of frozen vegetables to throw into healthy pot pies or to turn a pot of plain pasta into a filling one pot meal.
And just FYI: Store-bought pizza crust is actually a life-saver. Fact.
3. Meal planning gone rogue FTW!
I know I started a meal-by-meal plan on this very blog in January. I’m a little something-something OCD, and having full control over things gives me all the good feels.
But life is not all puppies and rainbows, my friend (though some things get pretty close to it, things like flamingo pool float cakes and such).
And to be 100% truthful here: I kind of despise meal planning as-is, and in the state of I really really really really really really don’t like you food (self-five yourself if you read this in the voice of Carly Rae Jepsen) it was even worse.
So I meal planned with a totally different approach, using rough meal ideas I knew I could cook without ever looking at a recipe and made up the shopping list with ingredient swaps I could actually stomach.
And you know what? It’s so awesome, I’m planning to teach you how to do it as well.
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4. Things can be repetitive without getting boring.
I used to think I need to make every meal an experience. Something totally different.
But for reals? All you need to do is switch up the flavor combo to something new and exciting. Or even something old and exciting, I don’t judge.
So say you know how to make this awesome one sheet pan chicken dinner. Now you can make a million and two different dinners by switching out the components.
Sure, it might involve a little trial and error, but you can essentially cook the same meal for a week without serving the same dinner over and over again. #win
5. Men are capable of doing housework.
JK, mine always was.
But raise your hand if you don’t trust anyone but yourself when it comes to cooking/cleaning/catching Pokémon.
Nah, I don’t actually run around catching Pokémon, but if I did I’d probably do it allbymyselfgoawaymmmkaybye.
So, in times of ultimate need (or ultimate all-day sickness): It’s OK to let go a little bit.
No, really, it is.
Just put your feet up and let someone else do the work for once. Even if that someone is the pizza delivery guy every once in a while.
It. Is. OK.