Good meals are simple meals. In fact, there is usually an inverse relationship with how long it takes to prepare a recipe and how healthy it is. I will argue that a great chef is one who is able to create a dish using only a few fresh ingredients, managing to enhance every flavour in a subtle way. Anyone can add tons of fat, sugar and salt to a meal to make it appeal to our addictions, but that’s not why you’re here. You want healthy, you want easy, and you want tasty. The recipe page on this website features many simple to prepare dishes that remove a lot of trial and error, while also allowing room for you to improve upon them. However, sometimes our problem with eating healthy is not that we don’t enjoy the food, but that we don’t have a consistent routine to fall back on. This article highlights some of the step by step instructions I give every new client as they begin to get into the groove of their food revolution.
Here is Your Checklist:
- Make sure that you have some legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas, or a bean mix, sprouting on your kitchen counter every single day. Soak some seeds every evening so that they can begin sprouting the next day. This should become second nature to you.
- Understand that the bulk of your calories should come from complex carbohydrates, such as the aforementioned legumes, and not from fat or sugar. In other words, learn to use nuts and fruits sparingly. Most vegan recipe cookbooks are guilty of relying too heavily on high fat and high sugar ingredients. Your plate should be filled with complex carbohydrates- these are the energy providers that are most associated with health and longevity in cultures throughout the world.
- Make sure that you always have some salad sprouts on your counter each day as well, such as alfalfa, broccoli and salad mixes. Sunflower microgreens serve to elevate even the simplest of salads to new heights in both taste and nutrition.
- Always have some regular vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and spinach in your fridge, as well as some mushrooms. These will add taste and texture to every recipe.
- Never run out of lemon, fresh garlic, herbs and spices.
- Make sure you are the proud owner of a large, deep, food bowl. The beautiful thing about eating the right kinds of food is that we can enjoy lots of it without worrying about our weight.
Last Minute Potluck:
Now, say it’s late in the evening and you’ve had a long day. You are too tired to prepare a “fancy” meal and just want something warm that hits the spot. Here is an example of how simple it is to achieve this in just a few steps:
First, open your fridge and take out all the vegetables and leafy greens. If you have some baby spinach or other salad green, simply lay a generous amount into a big bowl. Next, look at what is sprouting on your kitchen counter, is it lentils or chickpeas today? Take about half a cup to a whole cup and place them in your steamer set. Third, check if you have any mushrooms, asparagus, cauliflower, or broccoli. Take whatever you have and add it in your steamer, and steam everything together for about 8-12 minutes. While you wait, create a dressing using lemon juice, garlic and herbs of your choice, (olive oil is optional). When you are done steaming, pour everything into the big bowl on top of the spinach or other salad green. Do you have any salad sprouts growing on your counter? Got some alfalfa and broccoli sprouting? Got any sunflower microgreens? Great, throw what you have in the bowl. Finally, mix in your dressing, add some salt and pepper to taste and you are DONE. Grab a fork and enjoy.
It’s just that simple, but doing these rich, healthy and delicious potluck recipes is only possible if you make it a normal part of your routine to soak some seeds every evening, and this way you will always have something sprouting on your counter and available to you each and every day. For breakfast we always make sure that we have some grains sprouting, and for lunch and dinner we make sure to have some legumes sprouting. The fanciest and most renowned restaurants, featuring world famous chefs, do not have fresher or more naturally potent ingredients than the very sprouts that are growing on your kitchen counter. Imagine that! And it’s up to you to bring out the flavour without adding too many ingredients, or over cooking. Cooking is even optional because the less heat you apply the more you preserve nutrients such as antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins.
You can read my Food Revolution: Step 1 guide to learn more about how my clients successfully transition to a healthier lifestyle.
Naturopath, Health Educator
Nutrition & Exercise Specialist