You know that feeling you get when you look in the fridge and just think ‘Meh’?
Sure there are things you could eat. But nothing ‘jumps out’ at you.
As I shared last year, when I was following one of my Soupstones Meal Plans, there are times when even I don’t ‘feel like’ cooking or eating something I had planned.
I sometimes feel ‘meh’ too!
So I had to laugh when I got this comment from Stonesoup regular reader, Dennis…
“Your words (“I found myself not ‘feeling like’ steamed fish for dinner.”) resonate with me in a bad way. This is how I feel most nights. I may get 2 meals out of a head of lettuce as it goes bad because I have those two meals then don’t want any salad again until it is a ball of green sludge in the bottom of the crisper.
But you carry on making the thing that says meh to you, until you are eating it later and it is yummy. I need to figure out how to do THAT! New title: How to get past that, “I don’t really feel like eating that today!”, feeling, by Stonesoup! (grin)”
So here you are Dennis!
How to Get Past Feeling ‘Meh’
You know that great motivational quote… ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway?‘. It’s exactly the same when cooking.
Just ‘cook it anyway‘ is my mantra during times like these.
Although I do soften the blow by telling myself if it really doesn’t taste good, I won’t have to eat it.
It’s that simple.
And you know what? 9 times out of 10 I end up actually enjoying the meal. Go figure.
Fast Roast Fish & Snow Peas
Now that I have a 2.5 year old in the house, I find I’m turning more and more to meals I can just pop in the oven to cook while we’re doing other important things. Like reading books, playing with Lego and drinking milk.
Fast roasting fish like this is brilliant because it’s quick AND I can just wait for the timer to ring. So I’m less likely to forget!
enough for: 2
takes: 15 minutes
2 large handfuls snow peas, trimmed
2 limes, halved
2 fish fillets
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 bunch coriander, leaves picked
1. Preheat your oven to 250C (480F).
2. Line a baking try with foil or paper and scatter over snow peas and lime halves. Top with fish (skin side down) and drizzle with a little oil. Sprinkle over a little salt.
3. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until fish is just cooked through.
4. To serve divide snowpeas and fish between two plates. Drizzle over soy sauce and carefully squeeze over the hot lime (or leave for the diners to do themselves).
5. Scatter with coriander leaves and you’re done!
hot! – add a little chopped fresh red chilli to the soy sauce.
more flavour – add chopped ginger, 1 teaspoon sesame oil or a tiny pinch chopped garlic to the soy.
family-friendly – skip the herbs. Replace snowpeas with frozen peas (straight from the freezer is fine). Consider serving some steamed rice or roast sweet potato on the side.
carb-lovers / more substantial – serve a side of steamed rice or cooked rice noodles.
vegetarian – roast firm tofu instead (and add the additions in the more flavour suggestion). Or pan fry the snow peas and serve with some crispy fried eggs and the soy and herbs.
different herbs – mint or basil are also great. Or a combo.
soy-free – use coconut aminos instead or use a small drizzle of sesame oil instead of the soy.
carnivore – replace fish with pork chops, chicken breasts or chicken thigh fillets. Increase cooking time accordingly. I’d start checking after 15 minutes.
no oven – just pan fry snow peas and fish in a little oil until cooked through.
What About You?
Ever feel ‘meh’ yourself? Got any tricks for overcoming it? I’d love to hear in the comments below!