I am a pretty lazy cook. I used to eat a lot of take out and meals at restaurants until I discovered that cooking at home doesn’t have to take more than 15 minutes. And, the best part is that it’s a lot healthier! Basically, I make a list of my current favorite ingredients that are in season and that I am excited about and then I think of different ways to mix them up! Recently, I made this salad with organic baby greens, clementines, coppa, green olives, avocado, a dollop of creme fraiche and a dash of olive oil and balsamic. It was so easy and took just about 5 minutes. Here’s another favorite, that kids might even love (I loved juicy eggs as a kid!).
For breakfast, I toast a piece of whole wheat bread and slather it with butter (omit the butter if you want less fat). I mash up avocado, olive oil, pepper and Jacobsen salt in a bowl and then spread it on the toast. Then, I top it with an organic, juicy egg cooked in a cast iron pan. I like to have jasmine tea with it. Another quick and easy healthy tip: Add arugula or other organic greens on top of your pasta or pizza to make it a bit healthier!
These meals are light but healthy! If you are vegetarian you can omit the meat from the salad. Or if you want something more substantial, eat it with pasta or chicken. Avocados are a source of good fat and have even been shown to lower cholesterol so I never hesitate to add them to salads or even eat them alone, with good olive oil, salt and pepper. Healthy meals don’t have to be complicated or fancy! Start with the food you love to eat, and experiment from there. Happy eating!
Photos: Chelsea Fuss.