The Art of “Good-for-You”
As our lives get busier and busier, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide nutritious, “good-for-you” meals that don’t take all day long to prepare. Enter the one- or two-pot meal. I am the queen of this style of cooking. My mantra? The fewer dishes to wash, the happier the cook.
Shopping fresh markets, pre-meal prepping, and strategic use of ingredients all makes for healthier, easier meals.
Now, listen, I am definitely not the poster child for organization and pre-planning. My meals usually consist of taking some kind of protein out of the freezer, then staring at it as it thaws wondering what kind of magical concoction I will whip up, using this melting mass as the centerpiece. If you are like me, then this post is for you.
A Little Background
I am a fifty-something menopausal woman—read: gains weight at the drop of a hat—who has battled IBS her whole life and is married to a seventy-something borderline diabetic…ITALIAN. We cannot afford to take nutrition lightly. Every morsel, every tasty tidbit, has to count for something. So, I aim high on the flavor train, low on the carbs and traditional sweets wagon. I go as natural as comfortably possible without being neurotic, buy organic and local when I can, and steer clear of dump-it-from-a-box-or-pouch type meals. I work with…and here’s the magic word…INGREDIENTS. My grocery bill is astronomical. But, my healthcare bill, thus far, is not. So, one could deduce from this one simple thing: garbage in/garbage out, good stuff in/good stuff out. It’s really that simple.
Where Does This All Tie In to Skincare?
And, what does this have to do with soap, candles, and mostly natural bath and body? Well, this: we have to treat the INSIDE of us just as well as the OUTSIDE. Good skin starts inside.
So rather than stop at “Gee, here’s the latest and greatest thing I’ve made–go buy it”, I want to address some steps that we, as an individuals, can take to take charge of our inner “you”. Our skin is our largest organ, and it is fed by what we put INSIDE. Will this be a magic bullet to fix all our ailments and woes? Well, no. Remember, it took years of bad decisions and habits to get into the shape we’re in now. Why would one change miraculously fix everything in a single move? Better, think CUMULATIVE. Each good decision, each good choice or action, will lead to a little bit better health and well-being.
OK. So enough preaching about the principles. Let’s put some of this knowledge into action.
For our first example, I am going to share my recipe for a great little dish I made for supper last night: Beef and Broccoli. Yes, Chinese food. No, not take-out. Home-cooked. From i-n-g-r-e-d-i-e-n-t-s. And, the recipe for the stir fry sauce can have many more applications. It’s adaptable.
So, without further ado, here is the nitty-gritty details: