Confessions of a Bad Cook: I Can’t Cook Rice on the Stove

I just finished my first week of clean eating with a set meal plan. It’s my first week of actually meeting the minimum calories of 1500. Suddenly forcing myself into six meals wasn’t as hard as I imagined but it did get a little tricky with the times and forcing myself to eat much, much more and… well, with the fact I suck at cooking.

The six meals are pretty simple but damn filling:

Breakfast:
2-3 eggs with vegetables, 1/3 cup of oatmeal and 1/3 banana

Snack:
1 slice of whole wheat bread with 3 slices of lean turkey breast

Lunch:
2 servings of tuna, 2 slices of whole wheat bread, kale, 1 serving of nuts

Snack:
Whey protein shake

Dinner:
4 ounces of lean protein, 1 cup of vegetables and 1/4 cup of brown rice or 1 small sweet potato on workout days

Snack:
Handful of blueberries, 3 tablespoons of Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds

Can I say whey protein powder only in water is disgusting? It’s disgusting. I imagine the chocolate flavor in water would be worse than vanilla- yes, I think hot chocolate made with water is disgusting, as well. My embarrassing near-defeat came with the rice. Instead of meal prepping for the whole week, I decided to make each meal, so of course cooking 1/4 cup of rice in the rice cooker would be pretty ridiculous.

Our smallest pot, brown rice, some water, pop it on the stove… I started my salmon and vegetables a few minutes after the rice had the water boiling, and everything was going pretty well until everything was cooked- except my stupid rice, apparently. Water was nearly boiled off, and when I took a few rice grains to try, it was almost like chewing small rocks!

I ended up having to add water three times. Three! The bubbles were insane. In the end it took me nearly forty minutes to cook my damn rice. I am proud of two things, though; I had broccoli steamed over the rice without an actual steamer for the vegetables, and my salmon? Not raw in the middle!

Throughout the week I discovered the glory that is the green onion. As I admitted last week, I can’t season anything probably, so being able to throw some green onions into the pan with my simple salmon or chicken is great. A bad cook’s dream.

I’ve been enjoying red bell peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, celery, broccoli, kale and my green onions in my meals, I will be adding sweet potato to my grocery list Sunday morning. Nothing much else to add for my simple tastes! I’m lucky it’s been as easy as it has been-

Except for the damn rice.

My first time making chicken on the stove resulted both juicy and not raw!

My first time making chicken on the stove resulted both juicy and not raw!

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