I get it, I totally do. Not everyone was endowed with the gifts of being a good cook, and I totally understand that for many people, the very thought of peeling and chopping up ALL those vegetables, let alone cooking with them, is completely daunting.
The thing is, cooking is a skill that CAN be learned. It is also very useful, because it means that you can have full control over the food you eat, which means you eat more healthily.
It also means that you can save a lot of money- eating out or ordering takeaways every night, or even a few nights a week, can get very costly.
When it comes to cooking, the key to success is SIMPLICITY. I LOVE making soups, because they are SIMPLE. The vegetables don’t have to be cut perfectly and evenly, you generally just chuck everything into the soup both with some broth and then let everything cook. It is NOT complicated.
When it comes to deciding what and how to prepare simple food, here are my tips to steer you in the right direction:
- Steaming, sautéing, roasting and baking are simple, easy and quick ways to cook food.
- Remember, keep it simple! You can take 1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil, add vegetables plus protein, then add ginger, garlic, sea salt and pepper and you will have the most fabulous meal. Really!
- Eat foods that are easy to digest. My rule of thumb is keep it to 5 ingredients or less because simple ingredients means more energy, less bloat and more nourishment.
- Make large quantities of your food so you can have leftovers that you can freeze and reheat with ease.
- Cooking does not have to be complicated, so when you find an easy recipe, keep it in your repertoire and simply modify it by changing the veg or the spices for variety.
- Simple meals: protein, vegetables and a healthy source of fat are all you need for a nourishing plate of food. Choose protein like salmon/chicken/fish/meat/tofu/tempeh or all veggies. Imagine your plate being 1/2 veggies, 1/4 good protein, 1/4 good complex carb (or more veggies and skip the carbs) with a healthy source of fat.
- Prepare extra veggies instead of any high glycemic carbs- these are quicker to make and better for you too.
Just to show you that cooking can be easy, rewarding and delicious, I am also sharing a super easy and yummy meal that shouldn’t take long at all to prep, cook and then enjoy. You can find plenty more tasty and easy recipes on this blog here.
Spiced Coconut Spinach with Apricots
2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Teaspoons ground cumin
1 Teaspoon coriander
½ Teaspoon ground ginger
2 ½ cup vegetable broth or water
2 ½ cup coconut milk
1 pound fresh spinach leaves
handful of dried apricots, cut into quarters
juice of ½ lime
Shredded coconut, toasted (for garnish)
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan or stockpot on medium.
- Add the onion, apricots & garlic & cook gently for about 4 minutes.
- Stir in the cumin, coriander, turmeric, and ginger. Then add the broth and coconut milk.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan, and simmer the soup for about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the spinach and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Stir in the lime juice, sea salt to taste, then top with toasted coconut and serve.
- Eat and enjoy!
- I’d love to know what you find most difficult about cooking at home of if you don’t find cooking a chore, share you tips for getting into the kitchen!