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Rachel Cooks Every Day

Thoughts from the kitchen of an everyday cook.

Cooking When You Hate Food

It's been a little quiet around here for the past couple months, and I can finally share that it's all because I got pregnant and started hating the look/smell/taste of food! And also sleeping 12 hours a day! Now, I'm officially in my second trimester, and my morning sickness pretty much only comes at night now (go figure).

What does cooking look like when you're feeling queasy? Well, first of all, Joe has been doing a lot more of the cooking. And second of all, EASY FOOD! FROZEN FOOD! PASTA!

We're usually a staunchly Aldi family, but one afternoon I ransacked Trader Joe's and brought home a ton of frozen meals. Take, for instance, coconut shrimp served with Japanese fried rice. I tossed a couple eggs in the rice to make it a bit more hearty.

Or how about this trick: making frozen fish fingers and frozen fried veggie nests, and then pairing it with bagged salad because vegetables! I even chopped tomato and olives for this situation, which is about the height of my first-trimester culinary prowess.

And then I already posted the butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce and frozen broccoli, which took a literal 15 minutes.

Just because I genuinely enjoy cooking from scratch, and I *in general* steer our family meals away from the heavily processed, doesn't mean I think convenience foods are the devil. In the right moment, they are an ANGEL. Many frozen foods are just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. They do tend to have high amounts of sodium, but it's not like we're eating fish fingers for three meals a day, five days a week.

So here's to balance! Here's to the Trader Joe's frozen section! And here's to not wanting to barf at the sight of cooked carrots anymore!

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