I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t use recipes.
Wow, Emilie, you must be such a talented chef. No. That’s a hard no.
You see, I’m not very talented in the kitchen. I’m very good at cooking for myself. I eat almost all of my food at home. And you don’t get to have a waistline like mine without the ability to make and eat decent food. But I’m certainly not creative in the kitchen. As you can see from my Foodstagram, my meals are pretty simple.
Here are my meal formulas:
Breakfast = Eggs + Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch = Soup or Leftovers
Dinner = Protein + Side
Frankly, I’m not very adventurous when it comes to my food because I don’t invest the time or energy in doing more. Cooking one chicken breast and some rice, my go-to meal, takes 10 minutes, most of that spent cooking the chicken.
Following a recipe on the other hand involves:
- Collecting ingredients
- Preparation time
- Waiting while the meal prepares
- Eating the meal
That is more time than what I have time or energy to dedicate on a regular basis. The last time I tried a recipe I made a variation of these chocolate chip cookies and it was during the Baltimore snow storm that left me trapped in my apartment for three days.
In case you can’t tell, most of those were written by Laura because she’s way more talented in the kitchen than I am. She’s creative and intuitive about food. She understands flavors, layers, and textures. I know yum.
Please take this as a call for recipes! Share your favorites with me in the comments please! Maybe, just maybe I’ll try it!
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She is a contributor to many open source projects including dbt, Meltano, and GitLab. She lives with her husband Casey, their son RJ, and their pup Bo in Columbus, GA.