Thursday, October 29, 2009
Oh if only I'd thought to take a picture of my dinner before I was half
finished. I would love to have shown you it's beautiful deliciousness.
Well, chances are I'll be having it again soon, so if I do, I'll add a
So here's what I had:
- a starter of fresh figs with goat cheese
- Sesame baked chicken breast - juicy and flavourful
- a side of beets on beet greens with pine nuts and fresh parmesan
- oh and since I had started out my cooking this evening making the Spicy Carrot & Lentil Curry that I posted a few days ago, I had a 1/2 a cup of that to try it out too and it was delicious!
all just for me. Would have been really lovely with a glass of red
wine. What brought on this occasion? Absolutely nothing remarkable. I
found some recipes that sounded good, and had the ingredients that I
needed to use before they started to spoil. It was such a treat! And,
yes, it really only took 30 minutes, 25 of which was the chicken baking
in the oven while the beet boiled on the stove. I prepared the other
ingredients while those parts were cooking, then took a few minutes to
put it all together on a plate.
My point in telling you about
my meal is to demonstrate, for all those who say that healthy eating
takes too much work, too much time, and there's no point when it's all
just for yourself (I often hear singles saying that they can't be
bothered to cook just for themselves). It doesn't have to take a lot of
time at all. And aren't you worth the effort and the nutrition? If you
could have super nutritious and super delicious food like that every
night while still spending less than an hour in the kitchen, isn't that
a heck of a lot better than any fast food burgers, chinese food, pizza,
or whatever other delivery place you have on your speed dial? Those
foods only leave you feeling greasy, gassy, and gaining weight.... not
to mention triggering your brain and biochemistry to drive you to want
more and more, insatiably.
If you're under the impression that
healthy eating has to be a time consuming chore, I challenge you to
give it a try. Certainly as you're building new habits you have to be
more conscious about what you're doing, but practice enough, and before
you know it, you're whipping up nutritilicious meals in less time than
Pizza Pizza can get to your door!
To get you started, here's the recipes for what I had tonight:
Fresh figs - cut in half and sprinkle with feta/goat cheese
Beet Carpaccio on Sauteed Greens
Simple Sesame Grilled Chicken