The same 4:30PM events repeat themselves at least 4 times per week when it’s just us and we’re faced with cooking for two.
I hear my husband walk in the door from work and I sit my laptop down to greet him – I’m not done with the day’s work, but I missed him. We congregate in the kitchen hashing out the days events – he talks to me about some brainiac software thing he’s doing, I complain about how no one listens to me at work and we both nod and pretend to understand each other.
“so what’s for dinner?” I ask as I plunge my fist in to a box of dry cereal – a light snack, I tell myself.
My husband has always been our home chef – he loves to go to the market and prepare meals – and we love that he loves it. But since Grace moved to her own place and Gabby is rarely if ever home, cooking big meals seems to be a whole lot of work, a whole lot of waste and a whole lot of expense for just two people.
We’re tired, if we don’t have to put out the effort to prepare meals for 45 minutes and clean up after it, we’re not going to just so that we can tell people we did.
Alternatively, there is the drive thru – But honestly, there are more problems with running through a drive thru that I can list on one hand so I’ll just highlight a couple of big ones: It costs money for terrible trash and it takes a lot of effort to go out of your way to find something gluten free (ahem, tacos or a salad) and wait in line.
You know I don’t like a complainer that doesn’t have an answer – so don’t worry, I’m one step ahead already, but it happened by chance.
I heard about Freshly through another blogger – and yeah, I was pretty stoked. Because when I went to the Freshly website the thing that stuck out the most to me was the words Gluten Free.
So I waited. And I waited and waited until my husband got home from work and we selected meals together – and within a few days the shipment arrived and we no longer have to repeat our dry cereal dinner decision fest 4 nights a week.
Instead, we can each quickly (in under 5 minutes) heat up a meal that has ingredients we can pronounce and tastes absolutely outstanding.
The packages all say “heat for two minutes” but lets be real – we’re paying college tuition here so we can’t afford to upgrade our early 90s microwave. Seriously though, five minutes isn’t too long to wait for a really tasty meal, right?
There are so many pros to this cooking for two solution that it makes perfect sense for us:
- We don’t have to select ingredients
- We don’t have to eat the same thing
- We don’t have to wait in a drive-thru for unhealthy food
- We don’t have to cook for 45 minutes
- We don’t have to do any sort of clean up other than licking the fork and putting it back in the drawer (I kid, I kid).
- The food actually tastes good and has incredible flavor
Now we can save the time-suck trips to the market and the hour of prep-work and clean up for the times when all four of us are actually at home sitting around the table. But even then, we might consider faking the cooking and just serve freshly meals.