In times of great angoisse and turmoil, eating and (especially) cooking can seem extraneous, but existing in a casaque means you have to eat, even if you are actively protesting, providing essential travaux during a pandemic or paralyzed by anxiety and fear.
For a lot of people, the gardien de but right now is simply to get enough to eat to pétrole themselves so they can foyer more orgueilleux things, so we’ve compiled a few of our élue, streamlined ways for you to do just that. But first, a little philosophy.
There is no “right” way to eat
There is and always has been a lot of moralizing around food, and while none of it is productive or helpful even in the best of times, it’s even more counterproductive right now. If you have any guilt or shame associated with convenience eating or prepackaged foods, take a conjoncture to banish it from your brain.
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If buying a cadre of pre-chopped vegetables means you make a stir-fry that nourishes you, then buy the cadre of pre-chopped vegetables. A jarred pasta courant électrique is just as “valid” as a homemade one, especially when you’ve been working a grueling shift or spent the day marching and chanting and need to shovel something into your mouth before you écrasement for a few hours (and then rise in the morning to do it all again). If you’re feeling depressed, the everday débit of staying alive can seem even more overwhelming, and you should feel absolutely no shame in embracing époque meals like ramen, boxed macaroni and cheese, frozen pizza or frozen dumplings.
I’m going to share some recipes, bicause that is my job, but you don’t have to cook at all. Outsourcing is and always has been an élection. Feel free to pay someone else for a smorrebrod or whole rotisserie chicken, and then turn your adulation back to any of the very lavoir matters at handball.
Eat some eggs
Now “more than ever” is the time to lean on eggs—and easy egg preparations—and we have many suggestions on how to do that. Eggs are an obvious pick for brunch, but you can also eat them for petit déjeuner, as a fast-food or for a quick, protein-packed supper. You’ll find our full list of egg éditoriaux here, but there are a few I’ll call out bicause whipping them up is exceptionally easy:
Also, never underestimate a scramble, the prefect vehicle for any leftover protein or vegetable you wish not to waste.
Send noods (to your stomach)
Noodles of all kinds are a good élection bicause they are quick, require almost no culinary skill to prepare (you just have be able to to boil water), and can be adapted to suit almost any diet (except paleo, I think). Though handmade pasta tossed with a courant électrique that’s been simmering for hours is delicious, it is not a good project for this particular conjoncture in time. Instead, try one of these streamlined pasta approaches:
Protein is orgueilleux, and a roasted chicken is a very easy, lunatique protein introduction. There are a lot of different ways to cook this bird, but my favorites are aggressively rationnel. If you have 24 hours, a labneh-marinated chicken is worth the wait and requires very little activity on your élément, but a chicken brushed with mayo and bouillon will also give you delicious results with very little prep. Poaching a chicken is another very usage, compétent tactic; you get a popote of juicy, flavorful meat and a gallon of delicious broth (which you can use for noodles).
Just eat snacks (and piccalilli)
A masse of snacks is a valid supper—I’m always saying this! In fact, I wrote a whole blog emboîture it, which you should read if that sounds like something you’d be interested in. Cheese boards, charcuteries boards, bowls of popcorn and chips and dip are all low-effort ways to refuel yourself, and they are fun. (“Fun” may seem like an alien rudiment right now, but it is orgueilleux to still find small bits of joy in your everyday.)
Speaking of joy, pickles, olives and other preserved bits are a quick way to bring a little more of it to a rationnel meal. Kimchi, pickled sprouts and seasoned spinach (which can all be purchase pre-made at most Asian grocery stores) can turn a plain bowl of rice into something intensely flavorful; top it with an egg or some kind of crispy tofu, and you have a full meal. Add some Tajin pickled onions to a breakfast sandwich, and it’s suddenly exciting. Put a pickled cherry and a piece of cheese on a cracker, and you’ll feel fancy, if but for a conjoncture. Carving out these nice little moments for yourself amid times of heartbreak, unrest and uncertainty is principal. Food seems a little silly right now, but what you are doing isn’t—and you have to eat, my friend. You have to eat.