Quick & Easy

Looking over my shoulder as I was reading a recipe, our son said, “I notice a lot of your recipes have ‘minutes’ in the title or include the words ‘fast’ or ‘quick’.”

Riiiiiiiight. While I get great joy out of eating a great meal or dish, actually making it is not fun or fulfilling to me.

Holiday meals or having guests over earn more cooking time but I don’t necessarily see those meals as more important than our family meals. We deserve great tasting, healthy meals but I don’t think I need a lot of time (or kitchen equipment).

On the other hand, our son has had the luxury of cooking with a meal kit this summer – Blue Apron. Their recipes require every cutting board and pan in the house. The food processor and box grater are often utilized in the same meal. The garlic press is often out and I didn’t even know we owned one. The counters are cluttered and the process is long. But his meals look exactly like they’re pictured in the Blue Apron supply box and the food tastes GREAT.

He enjoys that creativity (and probably knows I’ll offer to clean up afterwards). He comments on “the flavor profile” and wonders about tweaks he could make. Let me repeat, these are great meals. And very often quite healthy.

We both value a delicious, healthy meal. He enjoys the process and I enjoy the results. Maybe you sit in between our two extremes – you don’t mind prep lasting more than 10 minutes, but you don’t want to spend a full hour on dinner – ’cause that glass of wine just doesn’t last that long.

Meals prepared quickly or slowly can both be healthy so YOU can be well.

Marcia

PS I’m grateful he didn’t look at my recipe file that says, Three Ingredient Dishes!

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Shelf Talker

So, I’m reading an article about wines and how they are numerically rated and the term “shelf talker” comes up. If you’ve browsed the wine section at the grocery or your neighborhood wine shop, you’ll know immediately what is meant. There’s talk of  the nose, the legs, the fruit, the hints, the color, the tannins or lack thereof…

Do we need shelf talkers in the grocery to help us make healthy choices? The descriptions in the produce area would all scream – take me home! You’ll love me and I’ll love you. You can’t go wrong. My color is fab and so is my nutrition. You cannot live without me. And I smell great too.

Feeling a little tired? Well, here I am all cut up ready to go on your sandwich, your pizza, your salad or here’s some cubed melon so you don’t have to endure sticky counters.  Look, we’re even skewered and can go directly on the grill.

Each fruit and vegetable would score a 100.

Talk to me. The US food guide recommends half of your plate consist of fruits and vegetables. Five to nine servings each day is ideal; that doesn’t mean each needs to be different but the more variety, the better.

This is the perfect season to re-double your efforts in the produce section or farmer’s market. The shelves and bins are talking to YOU. Love your produce to be well,

Marcia

 

 

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