Hi, I'm Shalini!
I’m a busy professional who doesn’t have the time or energy to figure out dinner during the workweek.
It’s a hassle and a lot of work when all you want to do is relax and decompress from the day.
After spending a long day checking things off your never ending to do list, the last thing you want to think about when you finally get home is figuring out dinner. Cooking is mentally taxing and the amount of thought and planning that home cooking requires is only the first of many barriers you have to overcome. I get it. All I want is to pour a nice, big glass of wine and sink into the couch so I can binge watch Game of Thrones.
So what is a busy woman to do? Eat snack food for dinner, order take out...again, or muster the energy to go to the grocery store and cook a healthy, homemade meal?
I don’t like any of those options and I’ve spent years looking for a better solution to this never ending problem that constantly eats away at my time and energy.
This is exactly where you need to be if you avoid the kitchen or have ever thought to yourself…
“When a recipe says 30 minutes, I know that means 2 hours for me”
“I *loathe* washing dishes. If I didn't have to do dishes I would cook for myself more.”
“I forget about food I have in the fridge, so by the time I go to make that salad it’s rotten – money down the drain.”
“It’s stressful and overwhelming, and when even the smallest thing goes wrong I feel like the hugest failure”
I went from standing in front of a mostly empty fridge for 10 minutes everyday asking myself what I wanted to eat to spending a year in culinary school and then finally learning how to apply what I learned to a home kitchen.
To help you understand just how uneducated I used to be about food and cooking, let me tell you the story of the hibachi restaurant. When the chef came out to start cooking our food, at the table there was this bowl of pinkish cubes which looked like some strange jello. Stupidly, I pointed and asked the table, “what’s that?”. It was raw chicken. I HAD NEVER SEEN RAW CHICKEN! I still get made fun of for that one…
The point is I started potentially worse off than you are right now. I literally knew nothing. I was suffering from some health problems and needed to learn to cook for myself to avoid extreme intestinal discomfort. So I fumbled around in the kitchen, trying out lots of different recipes and throwing away more food than I ate because most of it tasted really bad. I found a lot of contradictory advice online and in cookbooks which left me more confused than educated. The smoke alarm would go off on a weekly basis and I was getting more and more discouraged with every failed attempt.
I felt that as an educated person I should already know how to cook and it shouldn’t be this hard to learn. Every time I failed it made me feel stupid and incompetent. Eventually, I realized trying to follow recipes on my own wasn’t going to work and I needed someone to actually teach me how to cook.
After a lot of trial and error and a one year stint in culinary school, at the Institute of Culinary Education, I finally developed a convenient system that works. Now when I get home, I can walk in the door, open the fridge, and see neat rows of tupperware which I can pop right into the microwave. That means dinner is ready in less than 5 minutes. I can go for a run and not worry about figuring out dinner when I get back. I can grab a drink at happy hour with my friends and not be tempted to pick up bad Chinese takeout on my way home. It’s like having a personal chef without all the expense. I get to eat home cooked food everyday without spending my valuable evening hours stuck in the kitchen.
It might seem like this would only be possible for you in a dream world but I can introduce you to the luxury of not having to figure out dinner every day.
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