Too Busy To Cook? (Or is it just too much trouble?)

Busy people seem to have forgotten the fun and pleasure of the ‘home cooked’ meal.

The following are suggestions to help you make smart, healthy, simple, fast meals.

  • Purchase and use a grill, such as a Foreman or Hamilton Beach for easy healthy cooking of meat, fish, chicken or vegetables. Use spices, olive oil, tamari (pure soy sauce) or get some recipes from the Foodnetwork.
  • Use frozen vegetables in bags – always ready to cook up in 5 minutes. Broccoli, peas and carrots, mixed vegetables are sure anti-oxidant winners. Dress with cow’s or goat butter, or olive oil.

  • If you have a microwave oven, you can prepare a sweet or Yukon Gold potato, a healthy starch, in under five minutes. Add some butter or olive oil.

  • Bags of fresh spinach, lettuces, serve as a good base for a salad. Toss in some goat cheese, dried cranberries, pecans. Add slices of English cucumber. Use an organic prepared dressing, or olive oil and vinegar and salt and pepper.

  • Buy prepared jars of soup in the refrigerated sections of your grocery stores or buy cartons of organic vegetable soups for easy storage. Ready to go.

  • Keep in your freezer, bags of cooked shrimp or other cooked seafood. Cook whole grain pasta; add pesto or any natural or organic sauce of your choice. Defrost in minutes and toss in the cooked seafood. A quick and easy-to-make dish. Serve with a salad as above.

Looking for Low Cost Items? The following fit the bill!

  • Bags of brown rice
  • Natural oatmeal
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Apples and pears
  • Air popped popcorn
  • Plain yogurt
  • Cans of tuna or salmon
  • Chicken

Eating In Restaurants

If you eat in restaurants a lot, choose heart healthy choices when you can – those with less fat, sugar, or salt than other selections. Fill your plate with lots of green vegetables at buffets. Keep clear of the deep fried, high starch fare and large glasses of soda if you care about your heart, your weight and blood sugar regulation.

On The Road?

Carry healthy snacks. Raw nuts, dried fruit, yogurt, banana, apples, healthy power bars with seeds in them, celery, mini carrots, and raw snap peas are good choices. Drink water often.

If you must eat fast food, order a plain burger without the cheese (usually it’s processed), bacon and mayo. If you order chicken in fast food restaurants, order roast chicken, not fried. Resist the fries if you can (or have a small amount) and order a salad. If you order pizza, add a salad, or a piece of fruit. Order a slice or two instead of a whole pizza for yourself. Better yet stay away from fast food restaurants. Home cooking style restaurants are often your best bet (as long as they don’t pile on the gravy.)

Dessert? Fruit is always the best choice, but you could just eat a small piece of cake or a few spoonfuls of dessert. Don’t let others push food on you. Bon appétit.

Excepts from Chapter 8, Frazzled Hurried Woman! By Rosalie Moscoe