It’s Thursday night. You’ve had a long day. You forgot your umbrella on your way to work this morning—hair and clothes soaked. There was a truck stalled on your way home. The traffic added 43 minutes to your usual 27 minute return itinerary. You finally park your car in the driveway. Saving grace; you walk to your doorstep. But you still don’t have that umbrella.
Oh, and now I need to make supper?
What will I make?
No. I need to eat something at least.
So what will it be?
(At least 15 seconds pass—your brain isn’t quite in an optimal functioning state, credit to the aforementioned described day).
Ah, I know! I will make my favorite go-to meal—in my case a vegetable stir-fry in coconut milk!
20 minutes later you are sitting on the couch watching some TV—or browsing a social media platform—and life feels better.
I’m sure you can relate to a day such as the one described above; one of those days where everything seems pitted against you, urging you to get angry, tugging and grudging to deplete your patience reserve, gnawing ever so slightly but persistently.
Ok, maybe I put a little much there, but you get the point.
When I have a difficult day—or even good days, because it is my go-to meal, and I think I deserve the satisfaction regardless of the day—I’ll have a tendency to cook up a hearty meal that satisfies me. Recently for me that has been a vegetable stir-fry cooked in coconut oil, coconut milk and toasted sesame oil.
Speaking of which, I just finished my last bite of supper, which was…
You guessed it!
I cook this meal frequently regardless of the circumstance; however, I tend to cook it even more on lengthy, challenging, and time-deprived days. It always raises my spirits and makes my stomach smile—yes, a stomach can smile, trust me!
Over time, my go-to meal does change—as I’m sure it does for everyone—, but for the past few months this has been my uncontested #1 favorite meal. I am already eager for tomorrow since I’m sure I will be making it for at least one of my meals, as I have been for the past month almost everyday without fail (**Insert stomach smile**).
What is your go-to meal? When do you make it most often? And how does it make you feel?