3 Tips to Keep Healthy Cooking Simple

I first want to wish all of you a very Happy Labor Day!

As I sat on my front lawn this afternoon, eating my delicious and succulent peach in the glorious sun, I was ponderingabout the day. I was watching many of my neighbors diligently “working” in their yards, painting and repairing fences, and sweeping the sidewalk, and I all I could think was, “it’s Labor Day folks, go sit in the backyard and enjoy some doing nothing time, have a glass of iced tea and relax!”

I further started thinking how hard we all really do work and how important it is for me to try to help you and my clients learn to make eating nutritious and tasty meals and living a healthy life as easy as possible.

So with that in mind, here a few tips to help you make eating well a little easier.

Tip #1 – Cook Once and Eat Twice… or perhaps even three times.

Here’s an example: The night before last, I made some yummy salmon with steamed broccoli and brown rice. Today for lunch, I ate some left over brown rice and broccoli and added some black beans for protein, and tonight for dinner, I will make a salmon salad with the left over salmon… That is three meals that I created from one.

Another way to do that is to make a larger dish, like a big pot of soup, or a vegetable lasagna on Sunday perhaps, then you can always add a salad or bread and eat it another night during the week, freeze portions or have it for a few lunches… You get the idea.

Tip #2 –  Use a Timer!

I know that sounds kind of lame and rudimentary, but I can’t tell you how many times using a timer has saved me from completely ruining meals because I got distracted and tried to do too many things at once. We’re all multi-taskers aren’t we? AND I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned the bread because I had forgotten all about it and did not set a timer… Just ask my daughter, and she’ll gladly recount the time I ruined her perfectly prepared prom night dinner that she prepared by burning her bread… “Thanks a lot mom”

Tip #3 – No more than 5 and add flavor!

On most nights, don’t try to make very complicated meals. Keep it simple and try to keep the ingredients to no more than 5. The best thing you can do with those 5 ingredients, is to add flavor and spices. Keep your spice cabinet stocked, it can make all the difference in your simple dish.

Here are some of the spices I try to always keep on hand:

SPICES:

garlic

ginger

oregano

cayenne

cinnamon

chili powder

sea salt

black pepper

SWEETENERS:

Raw Honey

Brown rice syrup

brown sugar

organic cane sugar

OILS & VINEGARS:

Extra virgin olive oil

apple cider vinegar

balsamic vinegar

OTHER:

Fresh onion, garlic

lemons

Oh there is more, but this is a good basic start. You can liven up any meal with mixing and matching these spices.

What other spices do you like to always have on hand? Leave a comment and share with us.

Hope you all have/had a fabulous Labor day weekend, and if you’d like to learn more about nutrition & healthy living, feel free to enter your name and email to the right and receive my new “Nourishing News” newsletter.

Eat well, Live well & Play well

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