Weekly Suppers: 20 – 24 July

Eat Well Edibles From the Author Live Well

This post is part of a series giving you a glimpse into what finds its way onto our plates Monday through Friday. I hope it not only provides recipe inspiration, but also motivation for you to integrate meal planning and more home-cooking into your own healthy lifestyles.

Weekly Suppers: 20 – 24 July

The theme for this week’s suppers was in-your-face flavor, which often came at the expense of presentation — case in point: Friday. BUT, I’d rather my food taste good than look good! Bon appetit!

MondayMeatless Monday

Cauliflower rice biryani with raisins, mint and bell peppers

Took only a few detours on this recipe, replacing cashews with cubes of tofu, and green bell peppers for green beans. Really quite tasty. Didn’t miss the rice; though, fluffy Basmati is hard to beat.

TuesdayBreakfast for Supper

Taking it back to the times we lived in Corpus Christi with fried sunny-side up eggs, nopalitos, loads of cilantro, and a healthy drenching of our favorite hot sauce. Homemade soured wheat tortillas warmed from the freezer on the side. There’s no wrong time for eggs, and — who knew — cactus makes for a delicious partnership!

WB risotto with veg and bacon_HGN

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Meal Planning: Make it Work

Eat Well From the Author Live Well

We are a generation reviving the almost lost art of meal planning, and it makes me very happy. From those entering into this territory anew, I’m often asked: “Where do I begin?” or “How can I do it when I juggle so many other things?”

So, as regular postings to the Weekly Suppers series continue (helpful?), now seemed as good a time as any to tackle your questions, and look at the basic elements of why and how to make meal planning work.

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Grow Your Own + Cool-Season Garden Ideas

Eat Well Grow Well Live Well

I can remember the smell of the wet soil as my grandma and I walked through her abundant Wisconsin garden. She always turned at the exact moment to catch me with chipmunk cheeks full of sun-warmed pear tomatoes — my favorite. We’d laugh, and she’d jokingly remind me to save a few for us to eat at lunch. (There’s no way I could’ve eaten all of the tomatoes on those overflowing plants, but that never stopped me from trying!)

To me that garden was a magical place, like a different world. It was there I learned that amazing beauty and unbeatable taste could come from the humblest of beginnings with a bit of planning, patience and dirt under my nails. Each season Grandma moved me up the ranks — from water girl, schlepping can after can way back to the garden, to being in charge of the garden map and selecting each of the crops to grow and where to plant them.

The experience taught me to look at food differently, and to appreciate freshness, quality, hard work, the awesome power of Mother Nature, and of course good health. It also impelled me to create gardens of varying sizes at each of the five places my husband and I have called home. A tradition I plan to continue and one day pass on.

August 2014 garden_AM fog

How do I love gardening? Let me count the ways. 

Growing my own veg and fruit provides so many benefits. There’s nothing fresher and more local than your backyard, and harvesting at the peak of ripeness means optimal flavor and best possible nutrition. Not to mention it’s a killer (free!) source of exercise, you know exactly where your food was grown and how it was treated, and you greatly diminish your carbon footprint and costs.

Almost as important as those things to me is the kind of therapy gardening provides. Out in the open air absolutely alone with my thoughts, feeling the warm earth, discovering God’s creatures (welcome or not — I’m looking at you, fire ants), witnessing the changes that literally occur overnight. Gardening fills me with a sense of pride, accomplishment, wonder and pleasure.

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