My inability to cook is the punchline to many jokes in my family, and it's making my culinary credibility limited to that of chips and soda. For example:
"Easter is a potluck. Do you want to bring chips and soda?"
"You guys should be at the cookout at 2 pm. Bring chips and soda?"
"The party starts at noon, but we have everything we need. Can you just bring a few bottles of soda?"
"What can you bring? Oh, how about soda? And chips?"
I'm sensing a trend.
Not having any cooking talent serves me well when it comes to obligatory "whipping something up" (as in, no one ever expects me to, unless it's 2 am after we've come back from the bars and my husband and my friends want brownies ... NBF, I'm looking at you), but on the diabetes front, it's not cool.
My blood sugars fare reasonably well when I'm sticking to a dietary routine, but I'm bored, bored, bored TO THE MAX ALL CAPS with everything I'm capable of cooking. Eggs? Bah - I scramble them and hard boil them and over-easy their asses, but they're still just eggs. I love turkey and cheese sandwiches, but I don't like eating bread that often, and rolled up tubes of turkey and cheese just makes me feel like I'm smoking the most unreasonable cigar. Soup? Awkward when it's getting warmer outside, because sweating while eating isn't the loveliest notion.
Being a crappy cook is giving me a food conundrum.
Thankfully, I have the Internet. And a quick Googley-eyed search gives rise to lots of lower-carb recipes. (Going lower-carb my preferred method of eating because, for me, it requires less insulin, gives me fewer post-prandial spikes, and keeps me from ballooning up like a blowfish ... which I've eaten, even though I thought blowfish was poisonous, and yes, I learned this all from an episode of The Simpsons. /digression)
It's just the lack of desire to learn to cook. I have no interest in it. I'd rather go do yardwork (I bought a saw recently and it's excellently fun - makes me want to be a lumberjack) than spend time in the kitchen trying to figure out how to use the stove. However, when one of the pillars of my disease management is food, my anti-chefitude makes meal-planning boring and routine.
I'm aiming to diversify what I'm eating, while sticking to the low-carb plan. And I'm looking for suggestions ... do you have websites that you check out for meal ideas that aren't complicated and don't require a lot of talent? How do you keep your diabetes from going off the rails without eating the same thing, a la Adam Morrison, every single day?
In the meantime, I'll be eating hard boiled eggs ... and bringing chips and soda to every family gathering.