Meals Are For Making Connections!
I recently took a survey on what made me happy.
What was I doing when I was the most happy?
The exercise started with: remember a time when you were happy, what were you doing?
Everyone of those questions led me to food...well not just food but eating a meal with others. Oh and good food.
Connections are made over food.
We go to networking lunches, sit down on holidays for family dinners and who can forget the romantic candle light dinner with a loved one.
Gathering around the table, with everyone excitedly talking about their day, their hopes for the future and the food....
I just don't feel the same about yakking in a car, or over the phone, or while hanging at a Starbucks...it's just too boring and empty.
I want to plate some food!
We raised our boys with family meals....very rarely did we eat on the run, even when they were in high school and had schedules jammed packed with stuff.
I loved those meals, even though the food, in retrospect was at times not as healthy as I wish it had been.
I love to go out to dinner with my sons and their girlfriends and sit around the table and talk.
When we go into the city, our day is always planned around where we are going to eat. Without that special meal, I feel like the trip was just not as special.
We plan our visits and look to find healthy food that is served in a interesting atmosphere.
In 2004, less than 28% of the families out there ate dinner together.
If not at dinner, when do you talk? How do you find out about how your kid's school day is going? The latest love interest? The school gossip? Let alone talk about current events? Decide family vacations?
My biggest joy is to make food for people that they will enjoy, that will enhance their health and feelings of wellbeing and to sit around a table and talk......
You Deserve to be Healthy!
Simple Doesn't Mean Easy!
So what does the Simple Solution Mean?
I decide I want to lose weight, get rid of my bloating, gas, and other digestive issues, look and feel great once and for all and wham, all done.
It didn't take a day to get where your at and it won't take a day to get out!
What's Simple is what you should be eating to feel great.
Let's face it, we need this body to get us to where we are going.
You have plans, dreams, vacations, adventures to go on.
A run-down, over-weight, dog tired, stress-out body is not going to take you there.
No way, no how.
Nutritional info these days seems just way to complex to decipher.
The more confusing and conflicting the information gets the more you can say hey, all in moderation, who cares, when my numbers up I's outta here.....
Eating healthy, looking great, having a body that is fit enough to allow you to live your life is simple.
The hard part it deciding that your ready to do something about it.
You need to be aware that with each passing day you are limiting your time of joy!
I know I want a whole lot of that....
So if you have a health issue, weight issue, digestive issue, feel like crap and can't get out of bed then we need to talk.
The hard part is deciding that you care enough about yourself to make those changes.....
The rest is Simple!!!
Ever feel like there is just not enough time in the day, week, life time?
I feel like that all the time, in just one area.
No not work, on weekends or vacations. I love transition and change so I am cool with all of that.
Books - there are too many that I want to read...cook from....and study!
At present I am totally addicted to vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.
Okay so now I don't have enough time to cook as much as I want either.
Check out The Urban Vegan. This book is awesome.
Super easy recipes that are interesting and delicious.
Made the Gobhi Aloo last night and damn that was awesome.
Put it on some lavender sticky rice and it was downright gorgeous to look at.
I always wanted to open a bookstore (Amazon killed that idea) that also was a yarn/knitting store and now I want to add food.
Okay so that is not a thrilling dream but hey gatta admit it would be sweet.
Come on down and peruse some books, eat some delicious healthy organic food and knit a pair of socks.
Better Write It Down!
I have a great memory.
When it comes to a "to do" list or "to buy" list I can pretty much wing it!
I am not going to lie here, I have gotten into the car after a marathon shop, waiting in line and checking out and found....I forgot the asparagus and I was making asparagus soup for dinner.
Hello! Bad language is followed by getting back out of the car and going back into the store. Grrrr! Who has got the time for such nonsense?
What a waste of time, not to mention a waste of money as I always find a few more yummy thing I just have to have!
So I make a list.
Actually I have a list of all the common ingredients I use in my meal preparation, on my ipad and my computer.
As I am creating the menus for the week, I check off the stuff that I need to get. Easy!
It also helps with a impromptu inventory of what I already have.
No more, "yes dear I bought more avocados and we have 4 rotting in the fridge, ouch."
They say that for every minute you spend in a grocery store over 30 minutes, you will spend at least $1 per minute.
Get out fast!
Wonder why they rearrange the store so frequently? It keep you running around in circles looking for the food on your list but passing all kinds of alluring treats.
Marion Nestle has written a great book titled " What to Eat" that has a whole section on the psychology used by food stores to get us to buy more food. They are just so tricky.
Really interesting and lets you see through the "matrix"!
So do a little list building of your own.
Once you have the basics down you can add new stuff as you start to add to your diet.
Having a list will help you to speed through through the store, save you from buying impulse items, have the food to create complete healthy meals and avoid the need to grab something yucky because there isn't anything in the house to eat.
Let me know how you do.
You know, I am like everyone else.
I am long on "to do's' and short on time!
There's my business, volunteer work, my husband's two rental properties in New York that need constant attention, tax prep for family members and a few friends, my Mom's 79th birthday, my son and his girlfriend are here for a visit,the FAFSA forms that are due soon and my old Shepard Dog is having trouble going up and down the stairs. Pant pant!
I love a lot of action but it can take its toll on eating healthy!
Even though I spend almost all of my time helping busy woman find food that they will love to eat and that promotes good health, frequently I arrive at lunch or dinner and have no time to create what I planned for us to eat.
So this issue is dedicated to all of you out there that want easy, fast, yummy, healthy food.
Recipes and pictures are included: Enjoy!
Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Every time I make these I am amazed at how easy and delicious these little wings are.
They do take a while to bake so go take a bubble bath while you wait!
Ingredients: Don't blink or you will miss them 8-)
Organic chicken wings - as many as you can eat (oh and I guess you have to figure in the rest of the family)
We do about a pound per person, but we like to eat!
Lemon Pepper (I love Penzeys)
Preheat the oven to 325
Put olive oil on a cookie sheet.
Put chicken wings on the sheet and toss with olive oil.
Make sure they are in a single layer.
Generously cover with lemon pepper.
Bake until gooey and crispy.
Watch to make sure that they do not dry out!
Usually about 1 1/2 hours.
Noisy eating is encouraged!
Home-Made Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Who doesn't love french fries?
Who wants all that grease, salt and calories?
Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and are super cancer fighters because they are packed with beta carotene.
Preheat oven to 425.
Cover a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.
Ingredients: Here's another long list!
Sweet potatoes - 1 per person
Coarse Sea Salt
Cut sweet potato into lengthwise disks
Cut discs into strips.
Place in a large bowl.
Sprinkle with olive oil and spices.
Lay out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes on one side,
flip fries and bake for another 15.
They will get crisp!
We eat with either apple cider vinegar, Annie's or Organicville's BBQ sauce or organic ketchup!
Sassy Soba Noodles
Wow I made this the other night in about 8 minutes.
1 lb package of Soba noodles
1/2 c Hazelnuts
4 Nori Sheets
2 T Toasted Sesame Oil
2 t agave
2 T sesame seeds
I added steamed broccoli but you can add any veggie, cooked shrimp or chicken.
Okay here goes.
Cook the noodles according to the directions.
While that is happening, throw everything else in the food processor - except the veggies or protein that you are going to add - and pulse until chopped but not pureed.
Hold on - here is the tricky part.......drain the noodles and rinse with water.
Pour back into the pot and add hazelnut mixture, veggies and meat if using and toss.
This smells so good that you will be eating it out of the pot!
We polished this off in about 5 minutes.
Add a salad and you have super quick and delicious meal!
It may be over so fast you forget that you ate dinner.
Okay this is a real recipe - those last three were cheating!
2 T olive oil
2 oz of organic, nitrate and hormone free bacon
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
9 cups of chicken broth
2 t of Italian herbs
16 oz of spinach or cheese tortellini
1 28 oz can of tomatoes packed in puree
10 oz or about three huge handfuls of fresh spinach
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese
(I pass on cheese but is makes it yummy that is for sure)
Heat olive oil in a pan.
Add onions, bacon and garlic, saute.
Add chicken broth and herbs.
Bring to a boil and add tortellini.
Simmer uncovered until cooked - 10-12 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Add spinach and cook until wilted.
Season to taste.
Ladle into bowl and sprinkle with cheese.
If you decide to save the leftovers don't be surprised that the tortellinis expand and become small couch pillows! 8-)
Sara Leah Chase's Cold Weather Cooking
(This is one of those cookbooks that no longer has a functioning binding, I have used it that much!)
Add a salad to any one of these quickies (except the fries) and you have a delicious meal.
Have a great week and remember.......
You Deserve to be Healthy!
I am a digestive health coach. I help my clients have more energy and a eliminate digestive problems by eating food they love!