New Year’s Resolution #3: Revamp dinners
It’s April and I haven’t made all of my New Year’s resolutions yet. It seems I’m procrastinating at a professional level these days. (Except for the fact that I’m almost completely packed for my trip to Orlando on Thursday. That’s an unprecedented state of readiness for any of my travels.) First of all, I’d like to preface this third resolution of the year by confession that I have been thoroughly failing at resolution #2 so far. I have eaten more McDonald’s that I’d like to admit in the last few months. Those Egg McMuffins are addictive little suckers. Although I had one minor victory yesterday when I didn’t patronize the McDonald’s drive thru on my way home from the Hollywood Half Marathon. It’s possible I avoided it because by then it was noon and it takes longer to get Egg McMuffins after normal breakfast hours, but I like to think that willpower won that battle instead. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue the trend in the future. Anyway, back to the resolution at hand. I’ve been pretty successful at taking healthy, homecooked lunches to work with me on weekdays, but dinners have been problematic. Most days when I get home from work I’m tired and hungry – a combination that doesn’t facilitate the best meal choices. At the end of the day I had no energy or desire to do any sort of food preparation. This usually led me to eating Cheez-Its, or some other comparable form of junk food, right out the box. There was a distressing lack of protein, vegetables, or nutritional value of any kind. Empty calories, basically. Something had to change. So when I saw an online advertisement for Freshly, a mail-order meal service, I decided to give it a try. A lot of my friends rave about companies like Blue Apron that ship you all of the necessary ingredients required to cook your own meals, but the thought of having more work to do when I got home every evening wasn’t appealing. But Freshly is different because it delivers healthy, pre-made, single serving meals each week. The only effort on my part would be pushing some buttons on the microwave. I can handle that! And I figured the variety of meals would give me some choices for dinner each night, but only good choices. No more Cheez-Its. So I took the plunge and signed up, and so far I’m impressed! I haven’t had a single bad meal yet, and some of them have been downright delicious. For example, tonight’s dinner was flat iron steak, sweet potato hash, and creamed spinach. So tasty. I’ve only had the subscription for three weeks, but I’m really glad I gave Freshly a try. Now I use actual silverware to eat my dinner rather than shoveling snack food items into my mouth with my hands. We’ll see how it goes in the future!