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Keeping my better half from the kitchen

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I'm the cook in the family. Not because I'm particularly good at it, but because I can get dinner on the table faster than the hub at the end of the day. The hub also doesn't like to cook often; he's more a "I'll cook my special dish once in a while" type of guy rather than a "I'll grind it out every day and get something on the table in 30 minutes" sort of person. We typically have dinner at home 5 or 6 days a week, and I cook at least 95% of those.

Last night was an exception. I had had only a few hours of sleep in the wee hours, and was completely bushed. So the hub decided to spare me and cook. He created a huge mess in the kitchen, which I ended up cleaning up. But that's not why I want to ban him from the kitchen.

And it's not because dinner wasn't tasty - it was. He made Indonesian nasi (fried rice), meatballs, and broccoli. Very flavorful.

The problem is in the proportions. When I cook dinner, my plate is about 60% veggies, 30% protein, and a very modest amount of starch. The kids and hub get more starch since they are all much more active than I am and need the carbs. When the hub cooks dinner, about half my plate is starch, and then 25% each of protein and veggie. I ended up adding a big handful of baby carrots to supplement the broccoli. And since the nasi was yummy, and since the hub went to a lot of trouble to make it, and since I have issues with needing to please people, and since I was too tired to cook, I ate my serving gratefully.

But all that fried rice made it challenging to stick to plan. And that is why, even though I had another exhausting day today trying to recover from my dead laptop, I dragged myself into the kitchen to make dinner tonight. My belly is full of veggies again and I don't have that nagging guilt that I did last night.

Now back to fighting with the new computer!

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    I ALWAYS want to be the cook! And that's convenient, because Toshi never sets foot in the kitchen. It's also convenient because I'm a control freak, and, like you, would like to decide exactly what I eat without hurting anyone's feelings.

    But that dinner sounds yummy--Indonesion fried rice, meatballs, and broccoli. Wow.

    I love your word choice here. I sure hope you have recovered by now from your "dead laptop." RIP, Laptop. Hope you've succeeded in finding a good replacement.
    2074 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/15/2015 8:15:50 PM
    That does make it hard when someone prepares something for you, and apparently serves you as well. My hubby was doing a lot of the cooking (he is retired, I am not) but he would have a lot of meat, lot of potatoes, and little tiny vege if he remembered at all (not his fav). I resumed cooking, and we both eat better. Besides, I am the better cook. :)
    2075 days ago
    I totally understand your urge to please people. Keep strong with your portion control but better cook yourself :D
    2075 days ago
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    Good job cooking, even when you were exhausted. Women do have to watch things closer than men. I swear my hub and I can eat the same and exercise the same all week and he'll drop 10lbs and I'll only drop 2lbs. I have to eat less starch than him.
    2075 days ago
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