This is just a quick note to say thank you to the over 100 comments that I have received on my blogs. I am happy to be able to offer advice, tips and suggestions for eating, and welcome suggestions for topics you may like to see.
As we get into winter, OK autumn, I won't rush you.......our eating habits tend to change. We want more comfort food and there are fewer choices of fresh locally grown produce. We want to hibernate and sleep in. Now is the time to take advantage of stews, chilis and casseroles. Simple choices in your diet can help keep you on track to healthy eating and give you the energy for outdoor winter sports, indoor brain work, and simply staying warm. Plus many of these dishes can be made ahead, and taste better the next day!
Soups and stews are great ways to eat a hearty, comforting bowl of yum in the colder months. Using lots of hearty veggies, beans and or lean meats, broths or wine, these stews tend to be filling and satisfying. Bean or split pea soups, beef stews (portabella or tempeh for my vegan friends) chilis and hearty minestrone can make a meal all their own. Use tomatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, kale and chards add a punch of antioxidants. Hearty grains like spelt, farro and wheatberries replace white pasta and rice for added nutrition and energy. Tofu in your chili works great and reduces fat while soaking up all that chili goodness. For my meat eaters - using cubed chicken or leaner cuts of beef or pork can work well too.
Casseroles - no not the tuna casserole your mom made (bleh), but hearty baked dishes that taste better the next day. Think Shepard's pie, lasagna, moussaka, and tamale pie for starters. Use skim milk or vegan cheeses, ground turkey over beef (or soy crumbles) and add extra veggies where possible. Moussaka is my personal favorite comfort food with it's layers of eggplant, spiced ground beef (soy now) and bechamel made with almond or soy milk for me. Add a nice glass of red wine, and I am a happy girl.
Simple changes can make a big impact on the way we eat, feel and cook. If you have a favorite recipe that needs a tweak - ask me!! I am happy to help find alternatives for ingredients to help make them healthier or heartier. Now go rake some leaves, paint a pumpkin, pick some apples, or just get out for a walk in the crisp fall air!
Happy Halloween all!