When it comes to creating more wellbeing in life, one of the most important skills you can learn is to cook for yourself. Taking charge of your food can help you become more intimate with what you eat and pay attention to the way your food makes you feel. Gravitating toward fewer processed items (boxed dinners, chips, white bread) and more whole foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats) is often the result of making your meals from scratch. And as research shows, a diet based on whole, nutrient-dense foods can help prevent chronic disease and enhance wellbeing.
You don’t need to be a gourmet chef or buy fancy kitchen gadgets to make healthy food - you just need to shop for fresh, whole ingredients and follow trusted recipes. If you are still feeling daunted, we can help you get started with these five simple recipes, which were developed by a team of chefs and physicians as part of the Nourishing Minnesota initiative. They are designed to be simple for beginner-level cooks, as well as nutrient dense (something your doctor would approve of).
So this month, swap out one regular meal and snack for each of these.