Our 4 essentials for healthy eating day in, day out:
1. Meals I (and my family) love to eat = antidote to feeling deprived
2. Fast, simple recipes = I have a life
3. “Backup” meals for days I forget to plan, or my plans go out the window = I’m human
4. A menu plan = ultimate weapon for less stress (I’m back on the wagon, folks, and boy does it feel good!)
This is food realism.
When I focus on these points, we do well nutritionally. We eat less of the bad, empty-calorie stuff and more of the good, nutrient-dense stuff.
Take any of them away, and it all becomes much harder. Food that’s just “okay,” recipes that take too long, no plan A, or no plan B–any of these can throw us off course. I should know. I’ve gotten away from these basics in the last 2 months, with far too many last-minute dinner dashes.
But we’re back. And one of my favorite resources for points #1, #2, and #3 that’s been getting a huge workout lately is the cookbook Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes. I usually don’t rely on cookbooks—hello, blogs and Pinterest!—but this one is different. It’s just so accessible and appealing.
It’s zesty food for the real-world healthy home cook.
The recipes are delicious. They’re quick. Some are ideal backup meals (check out the recipe below!). Made with virgin coconut oil and high-quality poultry, seafood, and meats, they’re nutritious too. Bottom line: these recipes help make a real food diet work for us.