“Let food be thy medicine”
I think if Hippocrates were around today he would actually say “Eat More Kale.”
As I was getting ready to whip up my usual dinner I thought about how many of my friends, family, and clients have a hard time whipping up something healthy and nutritious in a snap. What they don’t know is that eating healthy is easier than they think. People tend to think that making home made meals takes a really long time. When in actuality they don’t at all. If you have a veggie, some olive oil, and garlic, then you have something delicious my friend.
Since I am usually on the go or want to make dinner quickly so I can spend more time with my boyfriend I have gotten used to finding ways to make delicious meals as fast as possible. The recipe is one that I have been making a couple of weeks now, and even though the ingredients or seasonings may vary, the cooking method stays the same.
This meal has everything: antioxidants, anti-inflammatory components, anti-bacterial properties, and full of vitamins and minerals. It is also absolutely delicious and customizable.
All you will need is:
-Kale (Or any other leafy green)
-Coconut Oil (or olive oil)
To begin, place a tablespoon of coconut oil (or olive oil) onto a saute pan, and put it on medium heat. Allow the garlic to cook until you smell its aroma while standing over the pan. Then add your chopped onions and mushrooms. These need to saute first since the greens will only be on for a minute or two. Once the onions and mushrooms have become tender add the kale or other leafy green (such as spinach, collard greens, chard, arugula, broccoli…). I suggest putting a cover over the pan to allow them to steam slightly. Once the color of the vegetable has turned a vibrant green it is ready. You don’t want to overcook your greens, it will deplete them of all of the good stuff that they offer us.
And that’s it my friends! This is a great side dish or you can incorporate it with some kind of grain to make it a main course. I like pairing it with quinoa, an over easy egg, whole grain or soba noodle pasta.
The great thing about these dinners is that you can experiment with different seasonings such as ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, crushed red pepper, etc. You can add more kinds of veggies to make it into a stir fry (carrots, cabbage, cauliflower) Any kind of vegetable your big heart desires! Another great thing about this dish is that it can also save you money. The kale I bought was $2.79, the mushrooms were $2.99 and the onion was $.99. And I still have half of it leftover. $7.00 for two nights of dinner for two people. NOT BAD AT ALL!
Don’t feel intimidated by healthy living and eating. It is not as difficult as it seems. Whole foods are the most natural and basic foods we have offered to us. They are simple and they are perfect that way because they provide our bodies with everything they need. You don’t need any fancy cookbooks. You just need you, the food, and your imagination.