Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Good Food Can Be Quick and Easy

Too often I hear people say they don't have time to cook or don't want to take the trouble for "just me".  That's silly.  Cooking your food will give you more energy, and sparkle to go have more fun, get your work done faster and look you best.  While you might enjoy the PB and J, the mac 'n cheese, slice of pizza, or speedy take-out.  Really making a lifestyle of that means less quality in your life.  If that is what you want, keep doing it.

If you want a quality life.  Start living it.  Your plate is a perfect place to begin.  The how to, will get easier, the more you practice.  First scout out the closest place to get the best organic produce.  For me, that's a little co-op market down the street.  They don't have a lot, you never know what you will find, but it's always organic, fresh and tastes great. 

The reason for close is it usually works better to buy less items and shop more often.  It's to discouraging to say you'll start cooking only to have bought too much and watch produce wilt or turn brown.  Plus it tastes best being fresh.

To give you an idea of how fast and simple you can make things for yourself, here's what I just did for lunch.  I had leftover super simple chicken soup from the night before that I heated up with some mochi and water fried the most tender, sweet collard greens to go with it.  The soup had been pretty quick too.  All I did was fry onion, carrot, celery, turnip and parsley in a little oil, add water and simmer for 10 minutes, add a chicken breast and simmer for 10 minutes more and seasoned with a little tamari.  It's not as rich as making the soup the traditional way, but it's still delicious, satisfying and wonderfully quick.  Especially when heating leftovers...  Last night I had it with rice from the day before that had been creamy rice cereal for breakfast and in quick sushi rolls for lunch.  This is just one example of endless possibilities of things you can combine for your healthy, quick meals.  I must say, the flavors were so satisfying because the produce itself was so good. 

Experiment, play, and don't skimp on yourself.  You deserve a quality life.

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