I may take photos of absolutely everything I eat, but please don’t let the illusion of Instagram or my desire to keep my aesthetic strong because I am not a fan of cooking. Of course, I love to eat and, yes, there are moments when I’m in the kitchen thinking I’m the next Mario Batalli, sautéing and what have you. Most of the time, however, what goes on behind-the-scenes is a frustrated, hangry me, desperate to eat, too tired to cook, and eyeing that jar of peanut butter like I’m a thirsty camel and it’s my desert oasis.
In the world of those of us who live alone, cooking is a luxury and a privilege. Neither of those facts are lost of me. I’m incredibly grateful to be able to afford food and to afford the home I live in that allows me to cook that food. But, am I the only one who can’t help but to look at cooking as some sort of inconvenience? When I come home from work, usually around 6 or 6:30pm, I’m in no mood to cut, chop, wash, bake, shake, etc. Alternatives exist: I could subscribe to one of those services that bring you pre-cooked meals each week, filled with healthy kale and seasoned chicken breasts, ready to eat, but who the fuck do I think I am? I don’t have Kardashian money. I suppose I could meal-prep, right? Get everything sorted into containers on a Sunday afternoon so that all I have to do when I get home is toss it all together and throw on some fuzzy socks and watch Broad City.
But who the fuck do I think I am?
Better yet – who the fuck do you (the world) think I am?
Why is the solution to one thing always to try something else that requires the exact same skill? If I have to eat, why does that mean I have to cook? I should find what works for me and just go with that. Just because I have 10 fingers and 10 toes doesn’t mean I have to enjoy cooking or even come home at the end of the day and prepare something. Some nights, all I can bring myself to “prepare” is a smoothie or a bag of chips.
People tell me all the time to meal prep, but I’m not wired that way. I’m not proactive in the kitchen because I’m busy holding other parts of my life together with string and chewing gum. I’d rather spend extra time at work, doing something I enjoy, than come home with enough time to make an entire meal. I guess if I’m not starving, I should consider that a plus, right?
With that being said, I’m sharing with you today an easy 4 ingredient tropical smoothie that has seen me through many a hungry night. It’s so easy you’re probably going to be thinking, “Why are yo sharing this? It’s literally 4 ingredients and a monkey could have made this?” Did I mention I hate cooking?
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 medium banana
- 1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- Optional: berries for extra flavour
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend for at least 1 minute for a really smooth consistency.
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