The following is an “article” I’d written for a (small local) publication a while back. It offers some good tips and recipes, although it could use some updating (as we continue to navigate the ever changing and evolving world of healthy eating)!
I love to cook. But I have to admit that over the years, as my life has become busier with kids and work and everything else, daily dinner preparation can seem more a chore than an enjoyable experience. Through my efforts to cook my family healthy homemade meals that all will enjoy and in less time, I have learned a few tricks along the way that save time, reduce stress, and make the process a lot easier (and more fun)!
A few (rather random) tips:
Prepare a Weekly Meal Plan.
Although this may sound a bit boring, it really improves the quality of your meals to have a general idea of what you’ll be cooking for the week before you go shopping. You can adjust your menus depending on what you find at its seasonal best.
Maintain a Well-Stocked Pantry and Refrigerator.
If your pantry and refrigerator are stocked with the following staples you will always be able to prepare a delicious and healthy meal in no time:
In the pantry: olive oil, sea salt, pepper, your favorite spices (cayenne pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon are a must in mine), rice(brown), pasta, dry beans & grains, (never refrigerate) fresh tomatoes (or stewed in jars only, or parmalat brand), flour(organic whole wheat), Quinoa (my personal favorite), organic unrefined coconut oil, fresh ginger, organic raw honey, agave syrup (or non processed brown cane sugar), no sugar added jam, & wine.
In the refrigerator/freezer: onions, garlic, shallots, celery (organic is a must with this one), carrots, (organic)eggs, dijon mustard, fresh lemons & limes, cheese, milk (we prefer coconut or almond milks), yogurt, potatoes, butter, good vegetarian/chicken/beef broth (preferably home made), (lots of)fresh herbs.
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