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Simple Cooking

January 14, 2009

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One of the main reasons people don’t cook is because they think they don’t have the time. Can you relate? How many times have you opened a cookbook and seen a recipe for lasagna that looks delicious, but calls for a lot of ingredients and hours of labor? The good news is good food does not need to be complicated. If you want a fancy, tasty meal, go out to a restaurant. You don’t need to be a gourmet chef at home; you need to be able to feed yourself and those you love in a nourishing, convenient way. Feel better?

It takes under five minutes to prepare a piece of fish or meat, two or three minutes to prepare greens and an additional five minutes of cooking time for each. If you decide to make a more complicated meal, make your main ingredients, like grains, vegetables, from scratch, and complement them with canned or frozen foods.

You don’t have to start from scratch at each meal. Why not cook once and eat two or three times? Whenever you cook, make extra. Take grains as an example. You can cook your favorite grain in the morning and use some for a hot breakfast cereal, perhaps adding some sweet flavor, like fresh fruit or raisins, and something hearty, like tahini or nut butter. Then you can add some different flavor to the leftover grains, or put them into a soup and take it to work for lunch. In the evening, you can add vegetables and protein, and stir-fry the remainder with oil to give it some extra sizzle. You can also put leftover food into the fridge in small containers for a great, healthy, wholesome snack in between meals.

Cooking nutritious meals can be quite simple and delicious. If you have a favorite recipe that you think others would enjoy, please share them here.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.