It Was One of Those Weeks When I Was Too Lazy To Cook

Kitchen Diary: Emily in Los Angeles

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When I sat down to write this Kitchen Diary, I started feeling guilty. I can't remember cooking anything in the past week! Do you ever have those weeks, when you're just too lazy or tired or sick to cook?

Here's what I ate: sugar-laden instant oatmeal from my stash of road trip snacks. Two large bags of gluten-free pretzels. Nuts, dried fruit, avocado halves with lemon and salt, a couple of protein powder and water smoothies (adding fruit or greens was apparently too taxing), a whole apple in one hand with a spoonful of peanut butter in the other. (Yep, I was even too lazy to make my beloved apple sandwiches.) I ate out several times and ordered Thai food for delivery.

I have an excuse — I was battling a cold — but I know better. I know how important it is to eat nourishing foods (not pretzels) when one is on the verge of illness. I would stand in the kitchen trying to convince myself that it would take hardly more time and effort to make a bowl of miso soup, or an egg, or some steamed vegetables ... and then give up and reach for something easier.

I still haven't decided whether I'm ashamed of this, or whether we all need to take time off sometimes. I do know that I am craving Swiss chard, properly cooked, and am off to the farmers' market today, so hopefully I am out of my rut!

Do you ever have weeks like this? What do you eat? And how do you pull yourself out of it?

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