There you are, home alone, wanting to eat something healthy, but not in the mood to pour through the cookbooks. You are tired of canned soups, lettuce, and sandwiches. Your mind goes to drive-through take-out, but you know the price your health pays for fast food. What to do?
It’s easier than you think to cook something simple, nourishing, and without a lot of fuss. Here are 10 meal variations, assembled in four steps. All of them include vegetables, grains, and beans: a well-balanced, complete-protein, nutrient-rich combination.
Step 1 – Veggies: Find the vegetables lurking on the shelves and in the drawers of your refrigerator. Hopefully you always have some onions, carrots, and something green and leafy besides lettuce, plus whatever is in season and looks good at the store.
Step 2 – Beans: These can be leftover beans, a can of beans, or beans you don’t have to soak (lentils, black-eyed peas, split peas or small red beans you just add to water and boil until tender. This is not a plan-ahead effort. Include frozen edamame, tofu, or tempeh (a soybean product with the texture of meat) on your bean list. Continue reading