I have a lot to do this afternoon, so cooking a big lunch was not on the agenda. However, I still wanted something warm and balanced to satisfy my appetite after the gym, and I wanted something that would really benefit me nutritionally. All I found in the fridge were my CSA veggies, as I haven't been to the market for much else than their hearty homemade soups for the past couple of days. Hey, no work, no hubby, no kid--I'm taking a little break. That said, I still want to eat and feel well.
What I found in the fridge was fresh baby spinach and other assorted baby greens, some fresh sage leaves left from Christmas and a small bit (a little under an oz) of herbed goat cheese. Warm was what I was craving, so decided it wouldn't be too much trouble to chop up some garlic and saute it before throwing the greens in the pan (no chopping necessary with baby greens). I used about 1 tsp each of organic ghee and rendered duck fat (so yummy and quite healthy if you weren't aware. Very high in good monounsaturated fat.) as my oil.
I heated the oil in the pan, threw in the garlic and then the rinsed greens after 1-2 minutes. I gave the greens a few minutes with some stirring and then broke the sage leaves up with my fingers (again, no chopping!) and dropped them in, stirring. When the greens were soft, I crumbled the goat's cheese in and stirred some more, adding a dash of sea salt and pepper. This took about 5-7 minutes total. I then turned the heat off and let the greens set while I gathered the rest of my meal.
Now, I said I wanted benefit, balance and minimal preparation, so I reached for a can of plain, water-packed sardines (High quality protein and Anti-inflammatory Omega 3's!) and dished them out onto my plate. I added about 1 Tsp real mayo (Real food only, for me, thanks.) and a dash of lime juice and mashed/mixed with my fork. For my quick grain, I used a handful of Mary's Gone Crackers gluten-free whole grain herbed crackers (I recommend eating a low gluten diet to reduce cancer risk, which is backed by research). The whole meal took about 15 minutes to create, and I am still fondly satisfied as I recount the steps of its creation. Clean up was simple as well, and I have greens left over for lunch tomorrow.
This meal is proof that all it takes to eat well without taking tons of time is commitment to optimal health and a little creativity.
Blessings and Good Health,
The Gourmet Healer