The Healthy Writer here is gleefully welcoming all of you who are ready to start fresh after indulging over the holidays.
A little indulgence now and then is good for our spirits. It's especially good when it inspires us to want to eat healthy in the aftermath.
I saw this Santa and thought he looks like he's had a pretty rough season. I guess he could use some healthy eating too.
Okay, on to healthy food.
I don't know about you, but as I get older, I find I just can't tolerate as much of the sweetness. I used to be a bottomless receptacle for all things holiday - cookies, candy, cake, repeat.
But this year, I only spent one evening baking, I indulged in one Junior's cheesecake given to us by a friend, and I ate a chocolate bar that had been hiding in my freezer since before Thanksgiving.
Not trying to be all virtuous here - just getting old, I fear.
On Monday, Jan said:
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's all do a number on our eating habits, and every year at the beginning of January we decide that THIS is the year that we'll like our scale again. THIS is the year we will eat healthy. THIS is the year that we will learn to like healthy eating!
Let me give you an idea to try.
I was craving something colorful and nutritious last week, but I had no clear idea of what it was going to be. Then I remembered the can of black beans I'd been inspired to pick up at Whole Foods. And I had a sweet potato.
From there, I added things as I went.
Let me tell it in pictures.
|First there was the sweet potato. I tried something different. I peeled it and then roasted it. So what you see here is about to be chopped up into bite-sized chunks.|
|I used Eden Organics Black Beans. I like them because they're packed in seaweed and contain no additional salt or preservatives. I added some Cippolini onions and my favorite freeze-dried garlic.|
I wanted to add some sort of spices, but I wasn't exactly sure what. I ended up adding the onion and garlic and then I threw in some cumin. Perfect!
|Once everything had simmered a bit, I added in some frozen corn.|
|Stir and simmer a bit longer.|
|Drain thoroughly. You don't want soggy taco shells!|
I had some delicious avocados, so I scooped them out.
Then it was time to add everything into the heated taco shells.
|I broke this one open so you could see all the layered goodness.|
A few notes:
I used one sweet potato and one can of beans because I was making it just for my daughter and myself. The rest of the ingredients can be added according to taste. I like a lot of garlic, but I only chopped up one Cippolini onion and it was enough. I didn't measure the cumin, just gave the jar a shake.
When it came time to assemble, I smashed the avocado and lined the shell with it and then alternated the chunks of roasted sweet potato and bean/corn mix.
I loved the taco shell because it added a crunchy texture. I've had similar recipes that used soft tortillas instead. They were delicious too. If you're wondering about the green stuff, I had a bag of salad greens that were about to expire so I dry roasted them too and tossed them in. You could do that or not, not necessary though.
So, what healthy meals are you inspired to try this year?