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.
This week’s prep is full of yummy goodness and all very simple…. after all, this IS Simply Yum. While I utilized a couple of recipes from other sources this week, I still went back to my go to books for review of some of the veggies I chose to use in the main dish and what additions I put into my breakfast smoothie.
Had to prep to take it to go this week. While I have been using my two favorite books for weeks, this week I looked to them both for inspiration as to the best ingredients that are the best for me.
As weather gets warmer, or in the DMV this week – HOT – I try to go for lighter meals that are filling and bright. Went to what has become my two favorite books thus far (have many more recipes and ideas to go through in these two) for this week’s prep. Took the Kale and Fennel Salad from the 30-Day Alzheimer’s Solution — https://teamsherzai.com/30-day-alzheimers-solution/ and the Chickpea (Falafel) Patties from the Blue Zones Kitchen — https://www.bluezones.com/blue-zones-kitchen/. I also used a sweet treat I have made before from Blue Zones.
Need my prep this week to be restorative and help me get back on track. I was blessed to be away for a few days last week to enjoy the beauty of the ocean and sun and friends and while we ate well, we enjoyed the surroundings and each other as well. Maybe had a few less than healthy items too.
What is so great, is today is another day and I begin again and going back to the “book” I am still working through – the 30-Day Alzheimer’s Solution, this time not for recipes but for the basics from which to prep.
The more I read about and try new ingredients and combinations of ingredients the better I feel. It is both fun and interesting and even when I have a food fail, I still learn something. Food really is preventative, curative and pretty amazing. I want to encourage you to give “new” a try.
Went back to the Blue Zone Kitchen book for this week’s menu. Like the 30-day Alzheimer Solution book – this too is far more than a book with recipes. It’s culture and lovely life stories with much to learn and absorb. It is also beautifully structured and display worthy. See more at bluezones.com and at @danbuettner.