I have a lot going on right now.
It can be overwhelming. Every day I have a long list of things I need to accomplish. Laundry, wash cat (don’t judge), research things for company, chat with business partner, write 1 hour, start revision, Bible reading, etc., etc. and all of that has to be done before and after work which is the majority of my day.
So I try to help myself out. On Sunday I make my meals for the week. I spend 4 – 6 hours prepping, washing, cooking, baking, loading the 2 crock pots and then storing my food. And I have tasted some amazing things. I didn’t like Eggplant Parmesan before I made It myself. Now I love It. And dduk bok e (seriously, is there a better food on the planet?).
At first cooking that much food was a chore. It takes so much planning to know what to buy, attempt to stay on budget and navigate multiple grocery stores In order to stay with In the confines of my ridiculously small budget. Then you add In the additional stressors of having multiple allergies, being extremely gluten sensitive and then giving up animal products…
What would probably take a few hours from beginning to end Is now a full day event.
And all my allergies and sensitivities mean that I have to look up all sorts of crazy things.
How many tablespoons of flax seed gel equal 1 egg?
Is buckwheat naturally gluten free?
Which dairy free milk replacement Is best for baking?
Where to find jack-fruit? (that Is a serious question. I am on the hunt.)
But along the way I learned something that I had forgotten.
I love to cook.
It relaxes me. It makes me feel warm and happy inside. It Is my favorite part of the week.I put on Netflix or some radio dramas, crank my stove, load my crackpots and get to chopping. By the time I’m ready to do my 1 hour of TV watching per week I have enough food to feed a small gluten- free and vegan army.
So, what did I make this week?
Chinese vegetables and noodles
Dduk Bok E (Recipe coming soon)
Veggie Fried Rice (with VeganEgg)
GF and Vegan Bread
General Tso’s Tofu
Mushroom and Onion Gravy
Dry Stir Fry Green Bean