You: “Hey, do you want to do something for dinner?”
Friend: “Sure, what do you have in mind?”
You: “I’m too lazy to make food, lets just order something in”
Does this sound familiar? Are you letting laziness dictate your eating habits? It is amazing to see how many people actually forego making their own food because they are either too lazy to learn, or too lazy to put forth the energy and time. But what you don’t realize is that it can be SOOOOO simple to make the same things that you are ordering in. And best of all, it doesn’t put such a strain on your bank account or your waistline. All you need is a little motivation…so here I am! If I was able to cook my dinner at the age of 7, I believe that you are capable of making a few simple dishes yourself.
Why is it so important that you make your own food? It’s simple. When you prepare your own meal, you know exactly what is going into it. You can be assured that you are eating wholesome ingredients that you specifically chose. It is also a great way to promote healthy eating principles among friends and family. Why not cook together? Cooking together is fun! Everyone gets to contribute to the experience and the end result is that much better. I always feel satisfied after I cook my own meal. Especially when I cook with friends. It’s just fun!
So, enough with the laziness. We’re going to get you food-making crazy! To start you off, here is a list of some QUICK and EASY recipes that you can throw together. They are all a healthier spin on your classic dishes. It’s time for you to become your own chef.
- Personal pizza Ingredients: whole grain pita or wraps, tomato sauce and light cheese (try to use goats cheese, feta or sheep’s milk cheese as a healthier alternative. And remember…less is more. You don’t have to cover the entire pizza with cheese. A little goes a long way). Additionally, you should jazz up your pizza with a variety of hearty vegetables and herbs such as: arugula, tomato, mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach, basil, oregano, rosemary, olives, artichoke hearts, broccoli, etc… Put it all together and stick it in the oven at 350*F for 15-20 minutes (or until the cheese is melted and golden brown)
- Fajitas–These are one of my favorites! You can make them vegetarian or meaty. Ingredients: whole grain wraps, lettuce, tomato, onion, mushrooms, avocado/guacamole, organic salsa, brown rice, beans, chicken/beef. This is pure satisfaction! Chop all vegetables into small pieces. Cook rice and meat. Put the ingredients onto the wrap, roll it up and…voila!
- Salad– This is something that you can go wild with. Tear up the lettuce (use spinach, kale, arugula, romaine or mixed greens), throw in all kinds of chopped vegetables, beans, nuts/seeds, protein and call it a day. And what about making your own homemade dressing as a healthy alternative to bottled dressing. It’s simple…take 3 tbs of olive oil, 2 tbs of balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp of honey, a pinch of salt and pepper and mix them all together. You have a gourmet salad in no time!
- Stir-fry– Ingredients: whole grain rice or noodles, vegetables (onions, carrots, peppers, bok choy, zucchini, mushrooms, peas, corn, etc…), chicken/tofu/beef/shrimp, tamari or light teryaki. Chop vegetables into bite size pieces. Saute vegetables with 2tbs of grapeseed oil. Cook the rice/noodles. Mix it all together in a large skillet with the sauce over medium-high heat. In minutes you will have a delicious meal.
- Burger’s– Make your own burgers. Ingredients: 1-2lb organic lean ground chicken/turkey/beef, spices (garlic salt, steak spice, chicken spice, onion salt…any flavours that you like), 1 onion chopped, 1 organic egg, 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together (use those hands), form a patty and grill.