We all know what it’s like to be too busy. Too busy to cook, right? That’s the easy excuse when we’re grabbing that fast food burger or ‘healthy’ grilled panini smothered with mayonnaise and butter. Mmmmmm. I’ve been there, and yes I succumb to this very tasty and extremely convenient fast food dash too often myself. I’m far from perfect – trust me!
I’ve been trying lately to make as much food as possible at home. I’m doing pretty well at it. (Being accountable for taking pictures of everything I’m eating this week has definitely helped!). To be honest, tonight I was really tired and probably would have grabbed a soup at Whole Foods (which would have most likely led to a cookie as well). But instead, I was inspired to make a big batch of chilli because I was excited to share the idea!
It was practically snowing here in Vancouver today, and I thought I’d warm myself up with a cozy bowl of chilli. The best part about this, is that it’s going to be cooking all night in my best friend – the crock pot. He doesn’t have a name (yet), but he’s a good friend of mine. You just throw a bunch of healthy ingredients in him, some spices, head to bed or to work – and tadahHH! Warm, super good smelling healthy eats when you meet again! No time, no problem! He does all the work for you. It makes super big batches too, so it’s a great trick to make too much so that you can freeze the left overs for lazy/tired days (like mine was today).
I’ve been sifting through the book, ‘The Happiness Project’ lately and came across some words of inspiration the other night. She has a rule when she goes to the grocery store and she’s not sure whether or not to buy something because of the price. She reminds herself not to worry, because eating out is always more expensive. PLUS, you don’t know how much extra butter or sugar they add – so you’re just safer to stick to the grocery store and have a great time making it yourself. I’ve been living with this rule lately and I’ve learned to enjoy cooking a lot more. I’m finding myself wanting to become more creative, and wanting to share ideas! Thanks everyone for adding your recipes and tips – I love it! Just how you look forward to reading my posts, I look forward to reading the comments and ideas being shared! Thank you! It feels like we’re creating an amazing healthy community of awesome peeps!! The ripple effect (March 21st post!)!! YES!!!
Another tip that works for me, is to think ahead! I know this weekend will be busy, so I’m making this big batch of chilli to ease my mind. I’m covered for healthy meals at home now, so I won’t be caught having to spend money eating out. Also, I’ve already made a smoothie for tomorrow so I don’t have to worry about making breakfast when I’m in between the gym and work. Done! What can I do today to make tomorrow better?! For me, it was taking the night off of exercising and making good eats instead. Balance!
Smile with your heart!