Now I’ll tell you how I REALLY eat!
Actually, I eat very, very simply. I only cook a real recipe about twice a week, and it’s often soup. So all those recipes I’ve shown you how to make . . . I rarely make them myself. I like them, but my usual diet is much simpler.
So here’s a typical day’s eating at our house:
So the only thing that varies in our breakfast is the fruit, depending upon the season, what’s available, what’s on sale, and what’s really tasty.
About once a month or even less, we make whole-grain blueberry pancakes with wild blueberries we pick and freeze every fall. We serve them with real maple syrup — no butter or margarine. (We often still want to eat some greens before the pancakes because we love them!)
I also made a big pot of spaghetti this week, which we alternated with soup for dinner. I had some sauce left after the pasta was gone, so I layered it with some steamed greens and it was delish!
Sometimes I cook a yam or potato to add to the dinner salad and veggies, or I put chili over the salad, and top with hot, vegan “Cheesy Sauce”(see the FREE VIDEO box on the right), salsa, and fresh cilantro for a “burrito bowl” which I demo in my Yes To Life Nutrition & Cooking Course.
Dessert: About once a month I make a dessert. It could be baked, like Yummy Yam Bars, or a frozen fruit sorbet (in the VitaMix). This summer I’ve made rhubarb cake because we have LOTS of rhubarb growing in our yard. Otherwise, we always have fresh fruit around to enjoy if we want something sweet and yummy.
Well, that’s it!
When I am just in the mood to do more cooking, I’ll make something more involved. Might look through my many recipes books to get an idea, and then use it as a jumping off point for making whatever suits me at the time.
So I spend very little time preparing food. I make many things up in advance, and at mealtime go into the kitchen, heat the soup, add the avocado to the salad, set the table (out on the deck when the weather is great!) and enjoy a very simple, super nutritious, and absolutely delicious meal 3 times a day.
My clients have remarked about how helpful it was to them to actually experience how simple this healthy eating can be, and they’ve been able to easily incorporate it into their own lives.
I don’t want to discourage you from making more involved recipes if you feel like it! That’s just fine! I do it occasionally myself. But just know that you don’t have to. Healthy eating can be very simple and very delicious. Many of the other nutrition and cooking instructors I know do much the same as I do!
Okay . . . so now you know the truth. I hope it will help you simplify your meals, if you want to, and you can enjoy making more involved meals just when you feel like it.
Now it’s your turn!
Is healthy eating simple and easy for you, or does it feel hard, complicated, and too time-consuming?
Can you share any tips you’ve discovered that make mealtime easy?
Write your comments, questions, and tips below!
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.