In my last post, I expressed to all of you, my recommitment to “staying on the course” when I bought Janeva’s cookbook. Well, I finally tried one of the recipes from the book. I have never been an adventurous eater so trying new meals has been a challenge during this program. I have done it, and I have discovered that I like a lot more foods and combinations of ingredients than I ever knew I would. My husband is the cook; he has the innate ability to understand how to put ingredients together. All thanks to his mother who was a fantastic cook and the fact that he grew up on a farm. Lately, we have made it a team effort with me helping with the cleaning and cutting of the foods, which by the way has been a great bonding experience for us. The coaches at Ideal Wellness kept encouraging me to try the Crack Slaw, so this week we finally did. My only regret is I didn’t do it sooner; this is now a new favorite. We changed the recipe just a little, we did not add the sugar-free sweetener, and I am not a fan of spicy foods, and I was worried it might be too hot if we used hot sauce, so we used 1/2 tsp of taco sauce instead. I would also suggest making sure you cut your cabbage small or grate it because it takes longer to cook down the big pieces. We learned the hard (long) way. Crack Slaw ended up being a very satisfying meal that quickly filled me up, and I had enough leftovers for a few more lunches. It seems many of the recipes are written to give you a two or more extra meals. I am also finding out that the rest of my family is acquiring a taste for the same foods too, so the leftovers are not going to last long. It makes me happy that my family is discovering how healthy food can taste good as well as I am. So if you haven’t bought the cookbook, I would highly recommend picking it up at Ideal Wellness next time you are there! It will provide you with more choice and a variety of cooking options. Also, if you are on Facebook, you can always check the files on the private all phase support page for ideas too.
Don’t let yourself fall into a food rut as I did; it just makes things harder. By no means am I a food expert but the coaches have encouraged me, helped me to learn and to become food curious. They are teaching me to live outside the box that I used to feel pretty comfortable in, foodwise. I needed that push too when it came to my health; I was not wise. I was a mess, and that’s what prompted my commitment to this new and improved lifestyle. I’ve always liked vegetables so when I joined; I thought this was a plus for me. Some of my favorites were corn, carrots, peas, and potatoes. However, none of those were the ones I would be eating. So through this process, I have learned a new appreciation for various new vegetables, some I had never heard of before. It has been an adventure to learn new techniques for preparing and cooking them. Let me give you a run through of what I do with some of my veggies. Like so many of you this past year I found I like making zoodles out of zucchini. I purchased a spiral cutter (best investment ever). After loving making and eating zoodles so much, I also bought a second one that is a hand-held one we can take on our 5th wheel when we go camping. I love my zoodles so much that I couldn’t be without them during our summer travels. They are beyond easy to make, but when cooking zoodles, you have to be very careful not to overcook them, or they will end up very mushy. Zoodles need to be cooked for a short amount of time on higher heat; I put two cups of Zoodles mixed up with my Butter flavored Sutter Buttes EVOO that I buy at the Ideal Body Fuel Shop and add a little salt & pepper. Oh, heavenly goodness!! Sometimes I will get creative an add a can of tomatoes with sirloin chopped up and tossed all together. It reminds me of eating spaghetti, which is my all-time favorite meal. It works for me and makes me happy!
But the best kitchen appliance I have ever bought is my Air Fryer! An air fryer must be a part of your regimen. I bought ours for Father’s Day, and the first time my husband used it, he said it is his all-time favorite gift, EVER! We have been amazed at all the different foods we have used with it and how beautifully they have turned out. Not only can he cook foods he likes, so can I. All you have to do is place the diced veggies into a gallon size baggie with EVOO and your favorite season shake until lightly covered, then place them in the air fryer basket and turn on the timer. It is just that easy! Remember, it is essential to clean the air fryer every couple of uses so that you do not have a grease build up, doing this will keep it working effectively. There hasn’t been anything we’ve cooked that hasn’t turned out to be delicious. My biggest fear is that we are going to wear it out. My husband uses it to warm up leftovers, and you would think they were made fresh.
If you’re in need of recipes, check in with Coach Alex, she is always willing to help and has something new to share. She gave me a recipe that my all-time favorite, roasted radishes, yep you heard me correctly, roasted radishes! All you have to do is trim them, cut them in half, roast them white side up because it makes them brown. It is always good to shake the basket halfway through the cooking time. You will never know you’re eating a radish, seriously, taste similar to red potatoes. They are so filling too. When buying I use fresh radishes, not from the bag either, they seem to taste better and have a longer shelve life when they are fresh.
Being creative with cooking vegetables and learning how to eat them differently can make this a very satisfying experience and not to mention it keeps your digestive system in working order!