Being resourceful is a huge part of being healthy and sticking to resolutions or accomplishing goals, wouldn’t you agree? You have to plan, you have to have a back up, you need to know where you can get what you need or who you can count on. I count on soup. Soup supports a healthy lifestyle, it benefits from resourcefulness, and patience.
Carver grew up eating leftovers while I did not. To this day he enjoys them and it’s a chore for me. One way that I have found to make use of leftover ingredients without eating microwaved meatloaf and potatoes for three days is to cook more of items that can be repurposed. For example, a few nights ago we had roasted chicken with onions, green beans and potatoes. There was plenty of food leftover, not to mention the chicken bones, so I threw all of the ingredients into a large dutch oven and brought it to a simmer with chicken broth, water, a few bay leaves and a teaspoon of red chili flakes until it was rich and aromatic. I divided the resultant soup and kept half for lunches or snacks and froze the rest for later.
I’ve mentioned before that we often get our produce through Bountiful Baskets. Well for the first weekend of 2015 I went all out. I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and the low cost of BB produce and purchased three items – a juice pack, a tropical pack and the standard baskets. Holy cow we got so much stuff!!! I spent the morning preparing half of the ingredients… partly so it would all fit in the fridge and partly because it was the right thing to do (setting the example). As soon as I got home with the loot I turned on the oven to 400 degrees, lined a baking sheet with parchment and unloaded all the goods. I immediately roasted the broccoli, carrots and beets. I cleaned them, trimmed them down and seasoned with oil, salt and pepper and then just let them get soft and golden brown in the oven. I also got several bell peppers so I sliced half of them and divided the halved amount – half for snacks this week and half frozen for stir fry down the road. Tomorrow I have four pineapples to process, greens to sauté with oil and garlic, and bread to make for the weeks’ lunches.
Setting yourself up with ready-prepared fruits, vegetables and grains makes being healthy easy. Spend a couple hours tomorrow getting yourself ready for the week ahead – have a plan and make sure all the pieces are in line to make it easy.