Even though I love to cook from scratch with quality ingredients, some nights my time or money runs low, and I have to cob together a meal in a hurry and on the cheap.
The dinner pictured above costs less than $3. It is ½ cup of jarred marinara sauce, ¾ cup frozen peas, and a frozen chicken breast I bought in bulk. I microwaved the first two ingredients and pan-fried the third. Even though the food is humble, I took the time to plate it in a pretty way.
I like this plate because it represents the difference that a little extra care can have on something. The food is simple and cheap, but I took the time to arrange it nicely. I don’t have to carelessly plop everything on a dish just because the food is mediocre and I am alone. It is in these small acts of self-care that I reinforce the idea that I am someone special and worthy. I think that the more love and respect we show ourselves, the more love and respect we begin to feel for ourselves.