I love to cook! But there are times I feel like I need inspiration, especially on the days when I don't feel like cooking. My requirements for cooking inspiration is the recipe has to be an easy, quick process and healthy. I believe we can have fast and healthy meals without eating processed foods.
Food is medicine! That is why I strive for healthy meals. Meals that have at a minimum 80% certified organic ingredients, a lot of vegetables and if meat or fish is involved, the cleanest product I can afford to buy.
Eating this way changes your health and your life. I began eating plant based 3 to 4 days a week about 5 years ago. I had measurable health changes. My cholesterol went down, bowel movements became more regular, weight loss was no longer an issue and I had more energy.
Two years ago I went organic. My health continued to improve. I started having a bowel movement every day, have not had a cold, seasonal allergies are almost gone and I have more energy! I didn't think I could have more energy but I do!
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Diarrhea and/or constipation, and intestinal discomfort
Congestion, coughing, wheezing
Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
Headaches and migraines
Hives, flushing, and itchy skin
Fatigue and malaise
Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
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Food is an important part of supporting the body with key nutrients. Recipes focused on vegetables, therapeutic spices, little or no meat and no sugar producing foods, really help the body restore its health. Below are my tips and favorite recipes to inspire you to make delicious meals.
#1 USE ORGANIC, FAST COOKING SIDE DISH MEAL KITS
Seeds of Change is one of my favorite brands for fast cooking grains, simmer sauces and beans. The products are ready in just a couple of minutes! I am not joking! Making it super easy to incorporate into recipes. Plus, most of the products are organic!
Making a vegetarian stir-fry? Use Seeds of Change Basmati Rice or Long Grain Brown Rice. Gone are the days you need to wait 20 to 45 minutes for rice to cook.
Making vegetarian burritos or tacos? Use Seeds of Change Black Beans. Need a spice blend for chicken, fish or steak? Use Seeds of Change organic spice packets. Now you don't have to guess how to make a meal flavorful.
#2 MAKE CASSEROLES
Casseroles are a great meal to make on a weekend and reheat during busy weeknights. Make them with meat or vegetarian, below are a few of my favorite recipes.
#3 BUY PREPACKAGED VEGGIE MIXES FROZEN OR FRESH
Products like stir fry kits or shredded cabbage in the fresh or frozen aisles in the grocery store make it easy to get healthy vegetables into delicious meals. Add meat or eat them without. The kits can be an economical way to get a healthy dinner on the table fast.
#4 SCROLL WEBSITES
There are so many great websites that have easy, healthy and affordable recipes. Here are a few of my favorites:
#5 LEARN TO MODIFY RECIPES
It may be difficult to follow a recipe exactly if there are food allergies in the house, the family doesn't like an ingredient or you can't buy it because it is out of season or out of stock. Improvising to make the recipe your own is very easy. Swap ideas are below:
Frozen vegetables instead of fresh vegetables. I love frozen because they are already chopped and take less time to cook. They also adapt well to sauces.
Rice instead of quinoa, barley or farro. Some grains are harder to like then others especially with little ones in the house. Rice is a great substitute since it is gluten free.
Pork instead of chicken. While chicken is a household favorite, it may be hard to get or expensive. Pork can be used and may be less expensive. This swap can be reversed if there is a sale on chicken.
Ground chicken, turkey or pork instead of ground beef. If you are looking to cut back on red meat, you won't miss it at all when you substitute other ground meats. Plus, ground chicken, turkey or pork is usually less expensive than ground beef.
I hope this post on recipe inspiration for delicious meals gives you ideas about how to cook healthy meals fast.
Do you think you will try any of the above? Let me know by leaving a comment below.