somehow, despite an inspiring new cookbook and a shiny new kitchen [with more workspace than before!] -- i've just lost my cooking mojo. lame excuses: it's too hot; i'm too lazy; there are too many easy alternatives within walking distance. this is bad for two major reasons:
✔ cost -- it is so much more expensive to do take-out or eat at restaurants [even cheap ones!] than it is to cook! and yes, we're doctors but you wouldn't know that from our W-2s. [fellowship!]
✔ health -- i believe that even seemingly innocent dishes are worse for you when they are eaten at a restaurant. ie: in that salad above, they used far more dressing than i would have used had i made it at home, and i am sure that the chicken had far more sodium [you know, in addition to the ketchup bath i gave it].
not to mention the fact that it probably wasn't the free range, more humane chicken that i opt for when i go grocery shopping.
le sigh. i need to come up with some super-easy [and healthy!] meals to whip up on lazy nights that allow us to stay home and not eat an entire ocean's worth of salt.
things we already probably eat too much of
✰ pizza [especially the frozen kind]
✰ pasta i don't know whether to blame rachael ray or giada, but pasta dishes seem to have become the american fallback. don't get me wrong -- i am PRO-CARB and love a good spaghetti + meatballs once in a while, but i think we tend to rely on this easy standby too much as it is.
a little help?
i would love your suggestions for super-easy weeknight dinners! what are your standards + fallbacks -- other than the two blacklisted items pictured above? if you leave me ideas, i promise i will use them [and likely soon]!
josh takes his general surgery boards today!! feel free to leave good luck wishes with your recipe suggestions :)