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I cooked my own lunch today

Sunday, September 16, 2018

So you’re thinking huh!!! So she’s patting herself on the back for that? I do sometimes cook just for me when DH is in hospital, but I’m mostly out anyway, and in Japan, if you choose well, you can eat out, and eat healthily and cheaply all the time. And I’m not very fond of cooking either, especially for one.

The thing is, last night, I went out for dinner with my daughter and we had a fabulous meal and it wasn’t outrageous, but it wasn’t cheap. I want to do it again next week, and I want to justify the expense, so I looked in the fridge and used up stuff left there: zucchini, onion, sweet potato and egg, and had them with rice. Some of it would have gone to waste. Was it good? Meh! It was OK, but I can put the savings in an imaginary piggy bank for the next fun meal with my daughter.

Cooking forced me to focus, too. The first few days of his stay, I was very focused, but with things relaxing now, I’ve become rather scattered, and it was a good exercise in slowing down and concentrating the mind.

And I’ve met my freggie count today for the freggie challenge.
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    You did well and should celebrate good choices. It is easy to nag and get down on ourselves when making bad choices but hard to acknowledge good choices. Way to go.
    464 days ago
    I so love about Japan that you can eat cheaply healthy if yo choose to. So agree on that. That’s why my mom wasn’t good cooker. When I was glowing up, she fed us me and my dad from grocery store already made portions by portion foods. LOL emoticon
    it is so convenient. I miss her and my country.
    480 days ago
    I do that sometimes, too--throw together some leftover vegetables or scramble an egg. In other words, I eat what I don't really want, but you're right that the righteous feeling can be worth the (sort of) gaman.

    I hope you soon have another chance to go out with your daughter and enjoy a relaxing meal.
    485 days ago
    Funny - even when the meal itself is 'meh' I get a feeling of satisfaction from cobbling together an edible meal from bits of leftovers that would otherwise have gone to waste.
    487 days ago
    Cooking is definitely not one of my favorite pastimes...
    490 days ago
    good job!!!
    491 days ago
    Cooking for yourself is a very concrete "self-care" action. Good for you!! And: it's OK if you make it delicious too, ya know -- not just dutifully scarfing back "leftovers" to save money!
    491 days ago
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    Good for is all about the balance, isn’t it?! A great, fairly expensive meal out and then using items at home to create a meal so as not to be wasteful....I hope that your DH is continuing to improve and feeling better!
    491 days ago
    funny how one good decision can result in many good consequences.

    Hope you feel more focused soon.

    491 days ago
    Great approach,
    you got yourself a healthful meal, prevented wasting food and saved up for next meal with daughte,
    sounds like a win!


    491 days ago
    I know EXACTLY what you mean!
    491 days ago
    emoticon Although I love to cook there are times I experience exactly what you are writing! Eating what's in the frig to justify a more expensive meal later in the week and also to avoid wasting food! When I was a kid we always went out for lunch on Sunday and then Sunday evening was a kind of leftovers/clean out the frig kind of meal. Often my dad would throw it in a pot & make some kind of soup or stew, sometimes a casserole dish. Some of those combos were good, others we teased him, "were interesting"!
    491 days ago
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