If you like avoiding cooking as much as I do, the best thing to do is make the meals you cook last as long as possible.The best way to do that is to spoil your appetite… with vegetables.
Yep. I’m talking about intentionally gobbling up that green stuff most humans seem to have a natural aversion to. I can feel your horror growing from here.
To illustrate my point, let’s head back to your childhood. Why didn’t your mom ever let you eat cookies before dinner? It’s because she wanted you to fill up on real food, not sugar. If she let you eat cookies before dinner, not only would you be too full to eat a meal full of nutrients for a growing kid, but she’d have a sugar high child bouncing off the walls come bedtime.
Now that you’re a fully grown and “responsible” adult, it’s time to start putting that practice back into your life but with a twist; if not for your health, then for the sake of not having to cook more often than is necessary. If all you’re eating for dinner is pizza, you’re going to eat a lot of pizza. But, if you eat a serving of baby carrots before you start in on your pizza, you’ll having an extra slice or two left over for dinner tomorrow instead needing to find something new to eat.
Here’s some more great news: there’s plenty of raw vegetables you can eat (baby carrots, broccoli sticks, celery, etc), but the cooked kind are microwaveable. You can find them at any Grocery store; the store brand, The Green Giant, Bird’s Eye, and more. They come in these awesome plastic bags that you throw in the microwave to get fully cooked vegetables on the other side. Sure, you might have to throw some butter in the bag to add flavor, but is that really so much to ask?
For the record, I recommend eating the vegetables first, before the rest of your entree. Get the healthy and somewhat less tasty part of your meal out of the way and then feast on the good stuff. Your main food will actually feel like a treat now because it’s not vegetables.
Vegetables aren’t that bad. I promise. They’ll help you be a healthier person, and they’ll keep the cooking at bay for another day or two. If that’s not enough to get you eating plants, I don’t know what is.