Vincent: I can really sympathise with your situation. I can't tell you the number of days I've had in the last couple of years when the thought of cooking a meal and cleaning up afterwards has just been overwhelming but eating out wasn't an option because we just couldn't afford it. I don't have chronic pain and can't ;begin to understand what that must be like for you trying to do basic things like cooking. But in addition to having CFS I am also totally blind and have to put a lot more concentration into tasks like cooking. It's especially hard on a bad day when I can't think straight or remember where I just put something. One thing I've found though is that investing my limited energy and resources in cooking basic food that's healthy and AFFORDABLE is something that's had huge pay offs for me. My digestionis much improved and I'm far less stressed about money than I would have been had I been relying on eating out. I think batch cooking is a really good strategy when your energy is limited. I'm also on a low or less carbs diet and have had to work hard to eat enough protein so that I get enough calories to satisfy my apetite and maintain my weight. I hate not being full after a meal. I find it really depressing. So a lot of what I do in the kitchen is focused on getting enough calories from protein and fat, as well as fruit and vegetables. I grill chops and fish. I amake my own bergers. I buy a value pack of chicken thighs from the supermarket and bake half a dozen of them in a roasting pan on 375f for about an hour. Before putting them in the oven, I add a couple of splashes of lemon juice, salt, pepper, a dusting each of garlic and onion powders, sage, thyme, and rosemary. There's a bit of prep involved but once they're in the oven there's nothing to do except take them out when they're done. I eat a lot of nuts, sardines, canned kidney beans mixed with hummus, and advocardoes. I eat a lot of salads and baked or saute'd vegies that I do in batches. Trader Joe's has a very good mayonaize with nothing artificial added and no sugar which I use to spice up my salads. When I really can't be bothered with a meal, I mix up a protein drink and add a tablespoon of flax seed oil. I've found a brand of protein powder with no added sugar and sweetened with stevia and xylitol.