It’s so easy to unwrap the little foil packages and throw them in boiling water. Vwah-la, ta-da—veggie broth for soup. The vegetarian bouillon cubes I have in my cupboard at the moment say “natural” right on the label, and “convenience without compromise.” Than means unprocessed, right? Not!
After years and years (and years) of succumbing to the siren song of convenience, I discovered the one thing that broke the pattern was when I had a fridge stocked with ready-to-go (and really delicious) homemade components to quickly assemble a meal. The idea is to start with simple “Core Recipes” made with real, unprocessed food and mix and match those recipe for a meal or two. Then repurpose the leftovers of each dish into what I call “Reinvention Recipes.”
Dry beans are one of those ingredients that seem infinitely challenging and time consuming — but the truth is beans cooked from scratch are far more delicious and economical than canned beans.
We’ve started taking Molly to Dr. Palmquist, a holistic veterinarian who practices both Western and Eastern medicine. One of the foods he recommended for her healing is bone broth, telling me: “There some magic stuff in those bones.” I’m inclined to agree.
Chana dal can be used in so many ways as an addition to soups, curries, salads, over rice or other grains (I like mine with quinoa). They can also be tossed in some olive or coconut oil, along with some spices, and roasted in the oven for a healthy snack. Like their larger common varieties of chickpea, they can be made into a fabulous hummus.
This avocado cucumber soup is a wonderful anti-inflammatory recipe due to all the phytonutrients in the avocado. You also have natural fiber, vitamins A, B, C and K with more phytonutrients and antioxidants from cilantro and mint. And if none of that excites you, dig in anyway, because it’s a really tasty, refreshing soup!
How often do you stand in front of the vegetable section of your market and have no idea what to do with them? Here are three basic techniques based on a healthier approach to cooking with vegetables — so the task of cooking your veggies isn’t so daunting.
This Italian Cabbage and Rice is truly a “peasant dish”; my Nonna in Italy made it often, probably because it stretched ingredients to help feed her very large family.