Friday, October 18, 2013
I don't know if other vegans or just people living a healthier lifestyle in general experience this, but I find myself enjoying eating out less and less. First of all, it's hard enough trying to find vegan options, but overall, I think it's just harder to find healthy stuff to eat. The temptations of eating things that aren't good for me are just too hard to resist when I'm at restaurants.
In the past, we would tend to eat out on busy nights and weekends. I would feel too tired to cook, or we would be craving the food of one of our favorite restaurants, or meeting up with friends. Lately, however, I have made the decision to whip something up in the kitchen in lieu of take out or grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant. For instance, last night my husband picked me up from work and took me to get my hair cut. The hair salon is right across the street from one of our favorite restaurants - a pub that serves an awesome black bean burger and has some of the best brews in town! Let me take a moment to describe this pub: We go there frequently to meet friends and have a meal and some drinks. I love the ambience of this place; we usually run into people we know, and the employees have come to recognize us and are really friendly! The problem with this place is that every time we go, we have the flash-fried green beans, and then I get a black bean burger with fries, and then I usually have a pint or two of my favorite ale. Lots of calories and in my opinion, the green beans are taken off my daily veggie intake the second they hit that fryer!
Of course, my husband suggests that we should eat there after my hair appointment. Tempting. I wouldn't have to cook or clean up. But you know what? The food that is served there didn't even sound appetizing to me. I've had a really good week and I just didn't feel like blowing it by going out to eat and devouring a bunch of empty calories. I told him no, I'll just cook when we get home. I could tell he was a bit disappointed, but he was agreeable. When we got home, I whipped up a creamy tomato pasta dish that I had made before. It's quick and easy, it's vegan, and it's healthy. As we sat and ate our pasta and enjoyed a rerun of The Big Bang Theory, I was so happy that I made the decision to cook at home.
Today is Friday. Friday nights are typical nights of eating out for us, or for my husband to bring takeout home after work. Tonight I have decided to cook something at home. I'm planning on going for a run with Maggie the Pup, and then I'll make dinner. Maybe I'll even enjoy a glass of wine or a cold bottle of beer while I cook. Regardless, there is no restaurant in the world that can compete with the feeling I get in the kitchen making a home-cooked meal.