There are several reasons why Chris loves me, but my ability to cook is definitely not high on my list of assets.
I know how to eat well. In a restaurant situation, I can order a meal that satisfies my taste buds, contains healthy ingredients, and keeps my blood sugars from orbiting. When it comes to food, I know what I should be consuming to stay fit and healthy and I keep careful tabs on what I'm eating.
Unfortunately, none of those items should be burnt to a crisp.
My kitchen is generally very clean because I don't cook much. My culinary prowess is very limited, including scrambled eggs, homemade chicken soup, preparing and seasoning a whole chicken, and banana bread. According to Chris, I make the best scrambled eggs ever. And my chicken soup is pretty slammin'. But everything else I cook becomes an unrecognizable disaster. I'm too distracted to cook anything!
This becomes a point of contention between me and Diabetes, because Diabetes is always demanding these carefully calculated and prepared plates.
"Make me something healthy. And low-fat. And low-sodium. Oh, and low-carb." It crosses its arms over its chest and stares me down.
"Dude, listen. I bought you those green beans for snacks. And walnuts. We have our coffee with equal instead of sugar. Didn't you like those sugar-free, all natural popsicles Chris picked up? And how about the tasty soup I made the other night, which we only needed about 1.5 units of insulin to cover. Huh? Wasn't that nice?" I fold my arms over my chest and stare back.
"Nice? Kerri, that soup had about eight pounds of salt in it."
"Yeah, but it tasted nice, right?"
"I'm trying, man. My blood pressure is under control. My kidneys are healthy. And my A1C is nothing to sneeze at." Siah walks by and sneezes daintily. "Things are okay. Can't you just be content with the eggs and the soup and the chicken?"
"I'm bored. Make me something nice."
I try and keep my palette entertained. Alternating between snacks like walnuts, almonds, fresh fruit, green beans, protein bars, and sliced vegetables, I'm eating well and feeling pretty damn healthy. But I am a little bored and looking for some snacky/meal alternatives. Ones that I am able to make without too much effort or time, as I'm so short on time these days it's suffocating, and I'm so short on kitchen talent that I'm surprised I'm still alive.
I did, after all, light the kitchen curtains on fire when I was a kid as I attempted to make toast.