The processed food system offers so many prepared food choices. Life is busy. It can be hard to find time to cook. However, in my life as a food educator and cooking teacher, I have come to learn that, when people gather to cook and eat together, everyone feels better, saves money, and has more fun! As Michael Pollan states in his new book, Cooked, “stop letting corporations cook for you”.
Give cooking a try. Set aside 2 hours on a weekend and invite friends or family to join you. Gather ingredients, share recipes, and cook enough food to heat and eat throughout the week. Start with these recipes.
Whenever possible, buy in bulk from local vendors. You can place a special order through vendors at the farmers market, visit their farms, or contact vendors from this list:
- River Canyon Ranch – organic beef, pork, sausage
- South Mountain Dairy (Edgewood), Old Windmill Dairy – goat milk, cheese, and yogurt
- Monte Vista (Española), Matt Romero Farms (Santa Fe), Schweback Farm (Moriarty) – seasonal fruit, vegetables, chiles, beans, and corn
- La Montanita Coop – local red wheat flour, blue cornmeal, beans, corn tortillas
Try to make your own prepared foods this week. The carrot corn goat cheese roll-ups are wonderful with the pinto bean stew. The apple jujube crumble adds icing to the locally focused meal! Combine these with recipes from my last post – Frittata, Parsnip Soup, Artichoke Spread – by clicking this link.
For more menu planning inspiration, email lisa[at]harmonizedcookery.com or visit www.harmonizedcookery.com
Healing Properties – Carrots: rich in anti-oxidants to support heart health and vision; strengthen digestion and nutrient absorption in large intestine. Corn: contains amylose starch, which maximizes corn’s antioxidant value even when it’s dried or ground into flour; high in fiber and B vitamins to promote digestion and maintain balanced blood sugar.
Healing properties – dry beans: rich in fiber and protein, these legumes provide readily available energy for the body to burn while maintaining balanced blood sugar levels and soothing the intestines. Onions: strengthen lungs; anti-microbial; anti-bacterial; offer rich source of fructo-oligosaccharides, which stimulate growth of healthy bifidobacteria and suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria in the colon. Mushrooms: strengthen immunity with their anti-viral, anti-bacterial qualities. Known as adaptogens, plants that help the body adapt to stress.
Healing properties: apples: contain enzymes that stimulate gastric secretions and improve digestion by balancing either an under-acidic or an overly acidic stomach condition; provide pectin to soothe the intestinal mucosa. Oats: high in fiber to lower cholesterol levels and reduce risk of heart disease; ease digestive stress and support healthy transit time; enhance immune response to infection and stabilize blood sugar.