Something I’ve recently discovered is the freeing and fun feeling of throwing together a dish without much thought. What do you feel like having? What do you happen to have? Granted a basic knowledge of what would taste good with what (as well as many moments of finding things that don’t work) is pretty handy. I used to find myself getting stressed over making meals, following the recipe, doing everything just so. Now i just do whatever comes to mind and i do it in whatever way feels comfortable and appropriate.
These tend to be really simple dishes, but anything that tastes good and cuts down on my stress is awesome. Pictured below are a breakfast, two dinners, and a lunch. The breakfast dish is cubed ham, green pepper, and red onion stir fried and then tossed into some left over pasta. I topped it with shredded cheddar cheese and too over easy fried eggs. The first dinner is ground hamburger in beef gravy over jasmine rice, topped with roasted asparagus. The second is brussel sprouts and spaghetti noodles covered in a mushroom sauce. And lastly the lunch was ramen noodles (seasoning packet discarded) stir fried with onion, pepper, broccoli, and corn and seasoned with sesame oil, soy sauce, and ground ginger.
As someone who gets stressed way to easily (due to anxiety) i highly suggest anyone else who enjoys cooking, but gets unwanted stress in the kitchen, should try this out. It may seem innocuous, but it’s really helped to brighten my days. Not only is it almost immediately rewarding but it also keeps me busy for a bit, which distracts me from unwanted thoughts. Even if you haven’t cooked much before, try it, start small and work your way up, i really think this is something that can be of benefit to anyone who is similar to me.