Saturday, August 7, 2010

is there a twelve-step program for this?

     I am addicted to food... There. I said it. 
     Now, that I've gotten that out of the way, let me tell you a little more about my lifelong love affair with all things edible... well, most things edible.
     You won't be reading much about the many attributes of cooking with liver in this blog. Ever. Okay? You just won't.
     Many people are intimidated by all of the experts in the field of culinary arts... Some so much so that making a quick, healthy meal seems a daunting task.
     In the past four years, I have learned a lot about feeding people in large groups and small.  I am currently a cook in a church kitchen.
     For several years, while homeschooling my kids, I taught a cooking class at our homeschool co-op. I started writing down things I learned. I titled my musings, The Nutritionista Diaries.
    I want to encourage you to be brave, even when you are merely making a weeknight meal. We are ALL extremely busy, but given the same 24 hours. The key to being successful is to make your 24 hours work for you, not the other way around.
Here are ten things I've learned along the way:
  • Read about what others are cooking.
  • Stop buying over-processed food and don't buy packaged food in bulk.
  • Shop more often, buying less. Stop being wasteful and use everything you buy.
  • Eat foods in their growing season and buy local. Eat real food in its natural state.
  • Keep it simple. Don't spend a lot of time on preparation.
  • Put some thought into it. Make it colorful.
  • Experiment with new ways of making your old favorites healthier.
  • Involve your whole family, from preparation to final clean-up... no divas allowed.
  • Eat together, unplugged, without distraction.
  • Laugh a lot, even about the culinary mistakes.
Is there a twelve-step program for this?

1 comment:

  1. This could be the beginning of a beautiful blog friendship! Welcome, Food Maven. The world needs you. To keep us from driving through, to keep us from eating junk, and to make us laugh.

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