And make it tasty as well!
For many people, eating healthy is boring, time-consuming, and they claim it doesn’t taste as good as take-out or dining out. I can definitely agree, that there is something about take-out and dining out that is harder to re-create at home, but I disagree that it is boring and time-consuming.
Two things concern people the most when they are cooking: it needs to be fast and it needs to taste good. There are a couple of ways to make your meals quick, easy and tasty, and as we continue through Nutrition Month, I want to share my favourite ways to do this.Choose foods you LIKE to cook with (and enjoy eating)
I would suggest starting with having a think about what you like – what you like to cook and what you like to eat.
This is probably the biggest thing. I think there are many misconceptions about how eating a healthy diet means boring food that tastes (or looks) like cardboard. The key to this isn’t to try to adhere to something that will only make you think of what you’re going to have to eat next, the key is to find something that works for you and that you enjoy eating.
Once you know what you like to eat, whether it’s a specific food or a type of cuisine, go to the store and look at different ingredients. Choose your favourite veggies and maybe a protein. Then decide if you’re a pasta or a rice person. If you don’t know how to make a sauce, but you like Asian flavours, grocery stores have lots of pre-prepared options for you. Same goes for Italian sauces.
There are lots of ways to create healthy and tasty meals, and they won’t take you all night to do it either.
For me personally, I love Italian food – tomatoes, basil, garlic, pasta, parmesan cheese, to name a few. All very simple ingredients, but they go together so, so well and create a very tasty dish.
Here is a tried and true recipe I go back to regularly (when I have time and when I don’t) simply because it is easy, quick, and tasty. It’s also something I love to eat – I could eat it everyday. But, let’s face it, not everyone is me, who wants to live in her kitchen, eating pasta. Still, though, try it…
One Pot Pasta
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
28oz can diced tomatoes
12 oz long pasta (spaghetti, linguine, spaghettini)
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups cooking liquid (water, stock, or a combination)
3 sprigs oregano
8 leaves fresh basil chopped, or 2 tsp dried
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
In large pot or stock pot, combine all ingredients. Make sure pasta is more or less submerged – if you have to break it to make this happen, that’s ok.
Turn high to bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium high and cook until pasta is your desired doneness, about 10-15 minutes depending on the pasta. Make sure you stir every 5 minutes or so to reduce sticking. If you like less sauce, boil with the lid off to reduce.
If you have questions, or are more curious about how to do this, let me know! I’m happy to share my thoughts!