Dear Healthyish friends,
In an attempt to stave off quarantine boredom, shave a few bucks off my monthly grocery bill, and use up the growing stockpile of dried beans in my pantry, I gave myself a cooking challenge for the month of November. The idea was to cook all my meals using only pantry staples, condiments, and a modest amount of fresh produce. I reorganized and relabeled everything in my pantry and made a list of all the recipes I wanted to cook.
And then this week happened, and my plans of eating nothing but lentils and oats and eggs galore promptly went to shit. I ordered takeout multiple days in a row, living in a blur of anxiety, carbs, the news, stress, and more carbs. When I did cook, I barely did more than heat up a tortilla and melt a blanket of cheese on top. There’s a mountain of kale in the fridge that I can’t bear to look at (much less cook), and I know it’s dying a slow, wilty death.
So about that ill-fated November pantry challenge: I’ve scrapped that plan, at least in its original iteration. I’m still going to try to cook out of my pantry when I can (more on how that’s going next time), but I won’t try to force it on the days when all I want is khao soy from my favorite Thai spot. The only plan I have is to stress less.
I hope you give yourself a pass too,
P.S. When you’re ready to make beans, here’s a recipe:
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