My husband and I are not great cooks. More precisely, we are lazy cooks. I am at my best as a cook, when the dish is about assemblage. Salads, sandwiches, pasta. I've never been that moved by food, even before diabetes. I like it, of course, but it isn't one of my driving passions in life. And frankly, I'm kind of picky as to what I like, so the range of my favorite food choices is considerably narrower than most people's.
Which brings me to the subject of what my husband has affectionally called "prison food", which sounds far more punative than it actually is. In fact, "prison food" is quite the contrary. What he is refering to, is the 5 or 6 simple meals we make consistantly in our household. These dishes are the core of my diet as a diabetic. They are the old standby's when my bloodsugars go wonky for no apparent reason. They always seem to work so when I need some variables removed to figure out what's going on in the bloodsugar department, it's time for a little prison food. And even when it isn't a wonky time, I like these dishes, so I stick to them. Not every night, but often enough. It's kind of liberating too, to have one area where there isn't so much pressure to figure it all out. Carb counting, fat content, hidden ingredients. You know, more details to consider. With these dishes, it's already figured out and accordingly, eating is less stressful and unpredictable. So please pass the turkey sandwich and the shrimp salad because my thought is, if it works, why change it?
And as a funny side note to "knowing what you eat", check out these 2 guys who have documented every meal they ate for one year. One them, Tucker Shaw, made his exercise into a book, everything I ate: a year in the life of my mouth, which is actually pretty interesting, believe it or not.