I’ve written before that a key component to work-life balance is food: The food we eat, the food we make for ourselves and our loved ones.
This is especially true after a bad day.
There is just nothing quite as comforting as making a good meal for yourself.
I’m a writer, currently querying a book I desperately want to have published, and some days, no matter how positive you are determined to be, no matter how optimistic you are and believe in yourself, the “passes” from agents (the word I think we should use instead of rejections– see more here), can get to you.
Last Thursday, I felt blue. I was tired. My day at work just wasn’t fun. And I had received several rejections (I mean, passes) from agents just in this week. They always do tend to come together.
In the past, my knee-jerk reaction would have been to go straight to comfort food.
For some reason, comfort food seems to be associated with junk food, sweets and unhealthy meals, often consumed in large amounts after a bad day.
A part of me wanted to do that, to just surrender to the “comfort.” But I knew I’d feel awful afterwards. And I don’t mean I’d feel awful because I ate something that would make me fat, or that I’d regret it.
I would literally feel awful.
After I did the Whole30 program a couple of times, I became acutely aware that some foods will make even more tired than I am, more sad (literally) and hurt my stomach. And why would I want to feel that way on top of everything else that I’m feeling?
Instead, I decided to cook myself a meal, which is one of the most comforting acts out there. People say that when we cook for other people, it’s an act of love. So if we’re feeling down, isn’t what we need some self-love?
Not only did I decide to cook, I wanted to cook a slow meal, that I would wait for and savor, and that I knew would give me more energy and make me feel better. I found cherry tomatoes in my fridge, and I knew that was perfect. I had tried to slow-roast them once before, and it was one of the most delicious things I had eaten.
What if we take back the phrase “comfort food” and redefine it?
Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Place the tomatoes in a small baking pan and drizzle with coconut oil and a pinch of salt.
- Roast for 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. (It’s really important to stir so they don’t stick on the pan and blacken).