Making Dinner Can Be Easy

I read so many amazing food blogs every day and they always leave me feeling flustered. The idea of grocery shopping for fresh ingredients overwhelms me, and the thought of spending more than 10 minutes in the kitchen preparing a meal is exhausting.

That’s why I make a lot of fish.

Not only do I love eating fish, it’s so stinkin’ easy to whip up.

Tonight’s dinner featured the return of corn on the cob, a bunch of baby carrots and some tilapia.

To make the fish, all I did was sprinkle it with some a ton of lemon pepper, then stuck it in the oven (350 degrees) on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes.

Easiest. Meal. Ever.

I can’t wait until I have a coffee table and some bar stools so I can eat somewhere other than my desk.

But today I did get hooked up with my own wireless Internet (no more stealing!) and cable. I’m so fancy now! I can’t wait for my parents to get here this weekend to help me continue setting everything up.

As I mentioned this morning, I’m still feeling crappy. But because the sickness is staying in the head region — a cough and a stuffy nose — I decided to hit up the gym after work.

I took a spinning class and I’m so glad I did. It felt amazing to sweat out whatever toxins are lingering in my body and for 45 minutes I wasn’t stressed out about anything. Workout success.

Now it’s pouring rain, thundering and lightening and I can’t wait to take a burning hot shower. Then I plan to pop some Tylenol PMs and hopefully get a good night’s sleep.

Fingers crossed that I wake up healthy!

TELL ME: Do you exercise when you’re sick? I know many sweat addicts (myself included) are hesitant to skip a workout, so what does it take to sideline you from going to the gym or going for a run?



13 Responses

  1. I hate missing the gym and will go and even just walk or do light weights if I am sick. The only time I really miss is when I have a fever (which is hardly ever). Oh and when I had strep throat in the fall I didn’t run for 3 days. I get so cranky when I can’t work out!

  2. Whether I exercise or not depends on how sick I am. I’m constantly congested anyway because of bad allergies and run through it but if I’m feeling horrible all over I just take a rest day or two. No point in running your body into the ground when its trying to heal!

  3. That tilapia looks so good! I’ve been in a slight dinner run lately, so that was a good reminder for me. Next time I head to the store I’ll get some fish.

    And when I’m sick, I generally take one day off, but as soon as that worst day of the illness passes, I’m back at the gym. It makes me feel better to sweat and especially if I just have a cold, exercising makes breathing easier.

  4. hi hi hi.

    i know how much you like making fish.. you should bake it in parchment paper.. you basically just put the fish in a big piece then fold the edges down like a paper bag…. and you can throw in lemons, herbs, and bake like regular and it just infuses the flavors alot better. xoxoxoxxo

  5. Im with you on the “not being in the kitchen for hours” to make dinner. I like snappy dinner!

    That corn looks so good. I haven’t had corn in forever! I think I need to add it to my shopping list.

  6. Love that you took pics of the cherry blossoms yesterday – I think I’m going to do the same thing this week! So pretty.

    I definitely run and work out when I’m sick, as long as I don’t have a fever or a lot of chest congestion. It usually helps me feel better – glad you had a good workout. Yay, endorphins!

    To get rid of fish smell – boil some water and vinegar 🙂

  7. I am a huge baby when I am sick and I don’t exercise because I’m too busy moaning about feeling like crap.

  8. I have stools in my kitchen at the “breakfast bar” and I still eat on the couch. It’s prob one of the reasons I’m single… I live and eat like I’m still in college (minus the binge drinking 🙂 )

    Question for you – does cooking fish make your apt smell? I’m like you, I get so overwhelmed shopping for fresh food. I don’t even know where to begin. AND I usually get home and 8 and the last thing I feel like doing is doing something creative in the kitchen. Perhaps I need a crock pot….?

    As far as your question re: skipping workouts – I have no problem skipping workouts if I’m not training for something. If I am in training, I will shuffle my training schedule around and do something else… easy spinning, yoga, long walk, etc instead of a run. I’d rather not run (or not workout all together) than have a crappy, miserable workout. I like to think that a day off when I’m sick will make for a better run the next day!

    Feel better soon, blog friend!

    1. If the apartment smells like fish, it doesn’t bother me! It’s not really something I notice. I do make sure I take out the trash with the paper the fish was wrapped in ASAP so any potential smells don’t linger.

  9. Coughing and stuffy noses are the worst! I’ll workout when I’m sick – following the “rules” as long as my symptoms are just above the neck. If the thought of even putting on my workout clothes sounds exhausting though, I’ll skip it and just rest instead. Hope you feel better soon!

  10. I have to say, I fully admit to being a workout addict but the only time I am willing to give up on my addiction is when I’m sick. I ended up with over two weeks sidelined with the flu and then a serious relapse that left me wheezing and coughing and downright ill. And I did not even think twice about skipping those workouts. Mostly because I was reallllly sickie sick, but also because I knew it would do me no good. And I know I’m fit enough that some missed workouts won’t kill my overall fitness levels. sure it has taken me time to get back to feeling 100% “on” in my workouts (cardio wise mostly) but I don’t regret taking the time away. And honestly, I think you should consider a couple of rest days (not just the requisite one!) to get past the sickies invading you – because you may just be worsening things on yourself. Know what I mean? I’m only bringing it up out of blog friend concern so I hope you understand where I’m coming from. And SORRY for the rambly comment!!

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