Two of my dear friends and I share this theory about life and avocados: If you get a good beautiful perfectly ripe avocado for breakfast ...you are definitely set for a beautiful day. We actually share the picture when we get a really good one. It definitely sets the mood to a great start.
Talking about mood...food puts me in a really good mood! I have to admit that makes me very happy. I love it even more when I'm cooking and eating around the people I love, double enjoyment for the palate and the soul. And I also enjoy it in my own, when I can actually delight better on textures, flavors, and aromas.
As much as I love it, most of the time I find myself caught in the midst of the busy daily life, and I don't have the time to cook elaborate dishes. Because of that, I kind of developed a system, that I'm sharing with you, to cook and prepare easy and healthy quick meals, specially if you have little kids at home, and it works very well on weekdays.
I'm going to share with you some quick and healthy meal ideas for you and your family. These are examples that I hope will help you find inspiration to make your own creations.
On a "perfect day" when all the food choices are wise and thoughtful and not emotional (hehe, talk about utopias here) we'll have something similar to the following meals:
Breakfast: Spicy Lemonade Morning Drink (just for adults). This makes a healthy start in your system. Loaded with powerful ingredients, easy to prepare, and I personally enjoy the flavor. You will need: a cup of lukewarm water, the juice of half a lemon, 1 tbsp of ACV with "the mother" preferably, 1 tbsp of organic maple syrup (my favorite) or you can also use honey or agave, 1/4 tsp of turmeric, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Ideally after about 15-20 minutes you can have something else like an avocado toast with some berries on the side.
Lunch: Lunch time around home is always a brief break (we take our time to talk about our day and other shenanigans at dinner time) but nowadays with everyone around the house 24/7 we also sit down for lunch but it is usually not an elaborate meal. Little kids love finger food served at room temperature, something they can grab and go...I make Power Plates where you can literally prepare a healthy and nutritious meal in 5 minutes or less.
Some ideas of ingredients (if possible opt for organic): apples, celery, carrots, grape or cherry tomatoes, berries, garbanzo beans, peanut or almond butter, hummus, cheese, soft boiled egg, naan bread or crackers, and maybe even seaweed sheets.
Choose and option under each food category: a fruit, a veggie, some protein and fat, and fiber, and voilà you have just prepared a healthy and nutritious meal for your loved ones and maybe even for you too!.
Dinner: Easy peasy...for a quick healthy fix on a Tuesday night...how about fast fish tacos in lettuce "taco" shells (my husband's creation), or a quick vegan kale and cannelini bean soup.
For the tacos: grill/ pan sear some cod adding some lemon juice, for toppings: black beans, avocado, purple onion, and Mexican blend cheese.
For the kale and bean soup: Sautee some garlic, onion, carrots, kale, tomatoes, add vegetable broth and cannellini beans. Salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer until the flavors are blended, and enjoy with some freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.
A little dessert: One of my favorite cookies is shortbread. I found a quick and easy recipe for Scottish Shortbread. Super easy and delicious. You will only need: 150g of flour, 100g of cold butter (I recommend Kerry Gold) and 50g of sugar. Preheat oven at: 302 F. Mix flour, sugar, and butter until it looks like breadcrumbs. Make a ball with the dough, put it on baking sheet, roll it into a 7 inch diameter circle shape, make 7-8 cuts along and pierce around with a fork (see picture). Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until is firm and golden. Once is out of the oven, sprinkle a bit of sugar on top and let it cool down.
Wishing you a great avocado day,