Here’s my schedule: wake, 5:45am- eat breakfast, make lunch, get small child dressed, get self dressed, get coffee, drop off small child, commute. Work. Commute,pick-up small child, make dinner, help with homework, put child to bed, do my home work, have a glass of wine, shower, sleep 10:30ish, etc. You are probably wondering when I have time to write this blog… lunch time or slow days at work. Shhhh.
There are day’s, sometimes many, when I just don’t feel like cooking – no matter how much I like to. Some days I’m just fucking lazy. But here’s the thing, RAW FOOD IS GOOD FOR YOU! You can be your lazy-ass self and still make good food. In fact, you can even make this stuff drunk as long as you don’t use sharp objects. The best part is you can eat a lot and not feel bad about your gluttonous indulgence afterward. Here are a few dinner ideas that are not hard and are not Kraft Mac-N-Cheese, Top Ramen or Maggi.
Last Night’s Dinner
Pasta with butter, salt and pepper
Carrots with Hummus
Bagel or whole grain crackers
Sliced apples and Mangos sprinkled with Chat Masala or salt and pepper
Breakfast is the hardest for me. I’ve discovered that Quinoa is great for breakfast. I like to mix it with oatmeal. It’s simple to make and you can stuff it into Tupperware to have for breakfast. The next day you can heat it up with a little milk and toss some yummy stuff on top. Quicker than instant oatmeal.
Make it the damn day-before breakfast
1/4 cup Quinoa
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 cup water
salt to taste
Bring the Quinoa and oats to a boil, reduce to low or simmer, cover and cook for about 10 min. Don’t worry if you have to take the lid off to check and see if it’s done. If it gets to dry, just add a bit more water. It’s very forgiving. I like to add honey, a bit of brown sugar, cardamon, nuts, coconut and banana’s on top.
If you really want to make stuff taste good. Throw some shredded coconut on a baking sheet, pop it in the oven on about 200 degrees and toast it until it is brown and crispy. Put it in a jar and don’t refrigerate it. You can put this on salads, curries, breakfasts…all sorts of stuff.
Not so hard now, is it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the key to making good food is to get GOOD food. Real food. There are plenty of places that will even deliver veggies right to your door. If you feel like you never get variety in your food, try a CSA share. That is Community Supported Agriculture. A full share is usually around $500 for spring, summer, fall and a half a share is usually around $250. It sounds pricey, but when you do the math, it’s really a good deal. Not all CSA farms deliver to your door, however, most of them have convenient pick up locations in the downtown area.
Here are a few in Olympia:
Tumwater Farmers Market
111 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
If you don’t want to commit to a whole share there are also places for on-line ordering:
2442 Mottman Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98512