so, i cook weird, boring stuff?… i’m single. don’t judge me…

With my weird work schedule, cooking and eating at home isn’t as easy as pie… If I’m lucky (and not overly lazy), I’ll make one thing a week that will last me for a few days. And being a single woman, I go for what’s easy and what I know.

Chicken fajitas.

Over time, I’ve gotten a little more creative with how I whip this stuff up. About six months ago, I quit using tortillas altogether and started mashing up an avocado and mixing in the chicken and veggies and eating a kind of “fajita salad.” A couple of months ago, I started shredding the chicken instead of just dicing it up, pre-cooked.Then I started dicing up canned jalapeno slices and throwing those in. And then several weeks ago, I started throwing in quinoa, black beans, and corn; and finally, a few weeks after that, got even crazier by adding some pepper jack cheese.

And oh. My. God.

My go-to meal has turned into a Korean Tex-Mex fiesta.

maybe it looks gross to you (and I agree, this doesn't do it justice), but it's soooooo good...

maybe it looks gross to you (and I agree, this doesn’t do it justice), but it’s soooooo good…

I eat the same thing over and over and over… And I have intentions to try new things, but it just doesn’t happen often. I hate the mess. I have the world’s tiniest kitchen and prep space. (You can see an expecially messy picture of it attached to this post.) I hate the time it takes, just in general, to cook stuff… I’ve experimented a few times and the results have been great, but it just makes for a huge clean-up job and a late night. When I had a bigger kitchen, I was more apt to try things. Now I tend to just go back to what I know.

In an attempt to prepare myself for broader culinary horizons, I have collected a plethora of recipes on Pinterest. My boards are sagging with healthy and, what I refer to as “Patty McFatty” recipes, equally. Lately, I’ve taken to searching for healthy and delicious ways to try and eat more veggies.

I’ve come to have an appreciation for most vegetables as I have transitioned into adulthood. Growing up with parents who were also somewhat picky, I wasn’t forced to eat anything they didn’t want to eat, which tended to be corn, white potatoes, and green beans. One of the things I’ve recently decided I wanted to start eating more of is sweet potatoes… And I found a recipe on Pinterest that looks really yummy: honey-roasted sweet potatoes. So tonight, I took the time to peel and dice some small sweet potatoes. And let me tell you something… Peeling potatoes is a bitch of a job.

Half the time I was worried I was going to skin part of my hand and the other half the time I was dropping the potatoes into the sink atop their shedded skins. When I peel carrots to munch on, I don’t worry. Apparently I need to worry when peeling sweet potatoes. And you know what? I’m totally not roasting them tonight. Maybe I’ll get to it tomorrow. If not, I just wasted a ton of time peeling those damn things.

Whatever. There’s always the weekend to try again and hope I don’t amputate a finger.

I’m a pretty picky eater and I’ve really tried to broaden my horizons since I left home officially ten years ago. I’ve come around to your average veggies, like carrots, broccoli, asparagus, avocados (which I can’t get enough of, and are technically fruits), peas, and occasionally spinach. But it took me a lot of determination to get to this point, Reader. I literally had to learn to like most of those things. (I still don’t really like spinach, but I can tolerate it.)

Living in Korea has been rough when it comes to the local cuisine. Koreans eat some weird stuff… There’s some spice that they use here that literally smells like dirt to me. They use it in EVERYTHING. And kimchi? The famous Korean side dish that people here will literally eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?… Kimchi, to me, tastes and smells like dirty feet (or what I would imagine dirty feet to taste like, anyway). [Sorry Koreans who are reading this.] I’ve tried and I just can’t get used to it. Kimchi is a mix of some cabbage, veggies, and spices that gets buried in giant pots in the ground and is left for months to ferment. It’s, like, eww to me. I can’t handle it.

And I can smell it from a mile away. I can tell when my students have had it because I can smell it on their breath if they get too close to me. I can smell it on people who get on the bus in the mornings. It’s GROSS.

Bleh. Kimchi. No thanks. I’ll stick to my Tex-Mex extravaganza that’s always the same and I know I will like it. Eventually, I’ll get the energy to branch out. The next few days, though, I’ll be eating my quinoa and chicken mixture and loving every minute of it.


What about you, Reader? What’s your go-to meal? How often do you cook? If you’ve got any easy, good, picky-eater-friendly recipes, share them with me! Help me; I’m a hopeless cook!

*This post was written in response to WordPress’s The Daily Post: Ready, Set, Done!


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  3. Raivenne says:

    Hah! Gee, this sounds so familiar as a single woman. I keep certain staples, pasta, rice, chicken breasts, tuna, kielbasa, spinach and broccoli, peppers and onions in my kitchen always for that reason. Fast and easy dishes to whip up either for myself or unexpected company and most important quick and clean-up in under an hour. I enjoyed reading this.

    • shops4shoes says:

      Thanks for your comment, Raivenne!

      I agree, I keep some staples as well, which just further influences my return to what I know! I’m not in a position to entertain easily, so I don’t worry about company… So why bother getting fancy?! :)

      Anyway. Thanks for reading!

    • shops4shoes says:

      Thanks, Lisa! It IS good. :) I’ve been trying to stay away from rice, which can be tough living in Asia! And more power to you on the kimchi. I just can’t handle it!

      Thanks for stopping my blog!

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