So, I haven’t won the lottery but it almost feels that way. I may have mentioned once or twice how much I hate cooking. I mean, I really seriously hate it. I didn’t hate it so much in the past, but I think it was because it was never something I thought about. I didn’t have to do it, so I didn’t bother hating it. Lately, though, I haven’t been eating because I haven’t been cooking. And when I do cook, I hate eating what I’ve cooked (too many bad experiences in college – my body has a Pavlovian response to my own cooking, and automatically gets nauseated.) So I’ve just been feeling angry and tired and hungry and, strangely enough, resentful all the time lately.
Well, I found it that you don’t need to be a billionaire just to have someone else cook all your meals.
My gym has this big rectangle with posters on it up near the area that houses our stereo system and cleaning supplies and timer controls. I never go there because I have no business being near that stuff. I never bothered wondering what the rectangle was, because… well, if people want to put colorful posters on their rectangles, let them. I didn’t even bother reading the posters. Media overload, I think. When everything is bolded and colorful and loud, I don’t see any of it.
Anyway, I saw someone open up the rectangle recently and realized it’s a commercial refrigerator! So I took a closer look and actually read the posters… it turns out there’s a paleo food delivery company that has a drop-off at my gym! So I asked the person who opened up the rectangle what the meals were like. Were they filling? Because if you eat it and you’re still hungry, that’s not going to cut it. Were they good? I’ve pretty much separated pleasure from sustenance in my mind (boiled eggs, ugh) but it’s nice when they go together. How about price? Is it affordable for us normal folks who haven’t come into our riches yet?
Turns out the answers were (in order) yes, yes and yes.
So I tried it out. I ordered them last week, picked the first three up yesterday and ate the first one today. And it was delicious. And I was full probably 2/3 of the way through it (but I kept eating, obviously.) And they average out to about $11 a meal. I know, that’s not exactly chump change, but when you consider that when I cook for myself, I spend at least that much for a week of lunches and then I don’t even eat them all because I’m pretty sure they’ve gone bad by the end of the week (and it’s not very good anyway, and I hate cooking) it’s definitely worth it.
It comes all packaged up, ready to be heated for a couple minutes in the microwave. Today was spaghetti and chicken meatballs.
The spaghetti was some sort of shredded squash, maybe butternut. I don’t know. I’m not some kind of squash expert. (Edit: I just read the label – the “noodles” were sweet potato… apparently I’m really not some kind of squash expert.) The chicken meatballs were, well, meatballs. But they were spicy and flavorful and very filling.
I’m still not sure if I liked it so much because it was just that good, or if it was because I didn’t have to cook it myself. I like being able to think of myself as having a personal paleo chef, though. That probably helps it taste better. Tomorrow is chicken pot pie, with sweet potatoes instead of pie crust, and finding our 1 rep max bench press. I’m already looking forward to both.