I’ve been seeing a lot of this lately. When folks think of healthy eating, they automatically get scared, freeze up and open something out of a box that is littered with chemicals and ingredients they can’t pronounce because they are just so overwhelmed with cooking.
They get scared because they think they don’t know how to cook, they think they must enjoy cooking to eat healthy and they think they must spend hours and hours in the kitchen to whip up something with fresh ingredients.
I am here to tell you that none of this is true. All of these are misconceptions and I am here to bust your fears and overwhelm right now.
Myth #1: I need to know how to cook like a boss.
Truth #1: No you don’t.
You do not need to be a Michelin chef to eat healthy. Here’s a secret that no one tells you: in the kitchen, the more whole foods you use, the easier and more healthy for you it is. Whole foods are foods are foods that contain one ingredient such as broccoli, carrots and rice. Pasta is not a whole food because when you look at the ingredient list it contains more than one ingredient.
Myth #2: I must enjoy cooking to eat healthier.
Truth #2: No you don’t.
You do not need to enjoy cooking to make healthy meals. There are plenty of already prepared super healthy meals in the supermarket that you can take home with you to make your time in the kitchen more tolerable. For example, there are many low sodium soups in the box (not the can) that are quick to fix and healthy if you don’t like making soup.
Frozen vegetables are a big hero in my house. I love getting the flat cut Italian green beans and popping them in the microwave. In 7 minutes they are done. I put them in a glass container and douse them with a good dose of either extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil plus a sprinkle of salt. Voila! Healthy side dish!
Frozen fish filets or prepared shrimp are also a very fast and healthy meal. Basically you heat and serve, or with the case of prepared shrimp, just eat them cold or at room temperature. There you go!
Myth #3: I need hours upon hours to cook a healthy meal.
Truth #3: No you don’t.
So many healthy meals come together in about 30 minutes, and they DON’T come in a box. For example, taco salads (lots of veggies here too!), grass fed beef burgers that you grill or broil, stir fry (this comes with a lot of veggies too!), and of course the ever versatile omelette which you can load up with virtually any type of meat, cheese or leftover vegetables.
The other thing is, soup is the King of the 30 minute meals. If you’ve never tried to make your own soups, try this method here:
Start with a base of one peeled and chopped sweet onion, one celery stalk, chopped, and a handful of baby carrots, chopped. Saute all of that in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add one whole vegetable of your choice (for example, choose one of the following: broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, mushrooms, asparagus, 2 cans of Cento brand San Marzano peeled tomatoes, a large bunch of cleaned spinach, etc…). Add in 6 cups of broth.
Bring to boil, then cover, reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Transfer contents to a blender and blend on high until smooth. Serve hot.
See? A delicious and healthy soup in less than 30 minutes!
Don’t be intimated by overwhelm and fear. Cooking healthy meals are easier and faster than you think.