Simply Yum

What on earth is Simply Yum you ask?  Well, food is very important to me.  Happily, important in a healthier way now than in the recent past.  In enjoying food and believing  it need not be fancy or elaborate to be good; and that healthy can be good and full of flavor, I came up with Simply Yum. Food can be Simple and Yummy.

Let me start by being honest here…I have food issues.  I was, not too far in the recent past, less healthy than I should have been and finally, through some turn of events, took ownership of that fact and started to move toward a better relationship with food.  Yes, that’s right, food and I had a long talk and I said, “it’s not you it’s me” and we began to work on our relationship, slowly, carefully and not without setbacks.  So, in that process I found planning food for the week was essential for me.  It removes a decision process about what I will have for lunch or dinner each day, and it actually saves me a bit of dough (see what I did there) because you can’t get the simplest of salads in DC for less than ten bucks.

For me, food is joyful, fun, good for me and is a creative outlet.  Food should not be feared, controlling or in charge.  Moment by moment food and I have come to an understanding.  Every now and again it gets a bit feisty and wants to take charge, but with patience, grace and forgiveness, food and I get back on track.

Come back and join me in my prep, see the process and check out the final product.  I believe food shared is always more delicious.  Sometimes it’s great, often it’s pretty good and now and again…nope…doesn’t work.  But always, it’s fun, makes me feel like I am doing something positive for my health and well-being and makes me feel a bit accomplished…not a bad way to start the week.

Fresh Pesto and Caprese

Fresh Pesto and Caprese

Some weeks are harder than others in getting ready to meal prep if I am totally honest. Not for lack of desire but lack of time. Whenever I look at my own to do list – you know, that list I tell you to put yourself on top of, I try to fit in more of the must dos. Then I remember…I AM A MUST DO!

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Springtime Soufiko

Springtime Soufiko

You know…it is ok to have “a day” every now and again. None of us do it all perfectly and if someone says they do….they are fibbing to you or themselves. Every day, every moment is a new opportunity to do something different, better, more interesting. I want to be health for many more years to come….I have plans, big plans

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Non-Meatballs and Pasta

Non-Meatballs and Pasta

Never thought I would enjoy a mostly plant based diet….am I 100% there, no. However, I have gone further – with a great deal of appreciation and enjoyment – than I ever thought I would. Even my “fails” have taught me something. It is fun to try a bit of creativity and experimentation with my weekly prep.

What fun and fails have you had with your preps – be it for a specific meal or a week of meals? I can learn a lot from you too – let me know

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Delicious Raw Veggies and Rice

Delicious Raw Veggies and Rice

Taking care of ourselves doesn’t have to be elaborate, difficult, or complicated. Each act, each moment, each prep is a step toward taking care of all we are and keeping us well long into the future. Now, with me back on the top of my own priority list, pulling myself out of the blah and getting ready for a fabulous week, it is time to reinstall my grateful meter and recognize all I have to be thankful for.

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Quinoa Tofu Bowl

Quinoa Tofu Bowl

I love using what I have learned from my reading and review and using the base of some wonderful recipes and modifying in a way I can feel good about.  Experiment, try different things and see where it takes you.  Sometimes I surprise myself other times it is a NAH, didn’t work.  Learning what doesn’t work is learning all the same.

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Vegatable Lo Mein with Fennel, Tomato and Basil Salad

Vegatable Lo Mein with Fennel, Tomato and Basil Salad

A tiny bit of planning and some time and presto, I have a week of yummy delights all set in my frig. I will say, as silly as this sounds…when I open my frig and see all the containers in there ready to go – I feel good about it. Not just the healthy meals in their respective rows – but I feel good about me taking care of me. I like the experimentation, new ingredients, and enjoying making food a positive part of my life and not something to stress about.

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