I’m lucky to have a few really great cooks in my life. Several of my friends actually used to cook professionally, which I have recently learned makes them actual “chefs.” Anyway … one of the chefs blew my mind when he gave me the secret to his amazing family meals.
I am sharing this because all too often we OVERTHINK meal planning and prepping. His advice is so simple and so foolproof that it completely transformed how I personally approach my own meals.
Here it is:
“As long as you put together ingredients that taste good, your meal is going to taste good.” (I told you it was simple.) However, I’m going to take it to the next level – with one slight change:
I would add the words “healthy whole food” to the ingredient criteria: “As long as you put together healthy, whole food ingredients that taste good, your meal will be healthy and taste good.” I used to spend too much time making over-complicated recipes … it always felt like a chore. You know, something fancy like “braised Brussels sprouts with pork tenderloin and peaches.”
Which is fun sometimes, but gets old fast … and the cleanup takes way too much time. Instead, it’s all about putting together: And then adding a seasoning or sauce that tastes great! Or you can even throw them together in a pot with some broth and make a soup.
Now, on any given day you will find in my fridge:
- Protein choices: pre-prepped chicken, ground turkey, salmon, and tofu.
- Veggies: sauteed carrots, roasted cauliflower, and sweet potatoes.
- Grains: Jasmine rice, quinoa, and chickpea pasta.
When it’s time to put together a meal for lunch or dinner, all I have to do is grab my ingredients and put it together. It’s not always fancy, but it IS always healthy and delish. And it also keeps me on track with my goals and energized to take on my day.
Like I always say, it’s the small, simple steps that add up to BIG RESULTS!
What are YOU having for dinner tonight?
We’ve been talking a lot about resilience and taking personal responsibility for our health and fitness this month. Today, we’re going to get REAL on the mindset, habits, and actions you can take to become more resilient.
How many kinds of stress are you dealing with right now? (There are SIX major types of it.) Stress is like a double-edged sword for our health. In manageable doses, it can actually be good for you and boost your resilience.
The other day I was in the middle of a workout and listening to a podcast. A guest said something to the effect of: “Change is going to happen no matter what. It’s up to YOU to decide whether that change is progress.”
Here’s a fact: even if you love veggies, it can be hard to get the required amount (2 to 3 cups a day) and that’s a shame, because veggies are packed with vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds that your body needs to function at its very best.