I have to admit that I’m not a big planner when it comes to my food. When I lived in Paris I got used to ‘wet’ shopping, that is buying fresh food for my meals on a day by day basis rather than the American way of shopping for a week’s worth of food in one huge carload. This facet of American culture came as a bit of a shock to me when I moved to the States, however I live in New York City, and am lucky enough to still be able to shop the ‘wet’ way as I did in Paris. That said, I make sure my pantry’s well stocked with the non-perishable basics that let me have lots of background choices, by these I don’t mean highly processed foods or cereals, I mean the grocery items like dried and canned beans, grains, pasta, canned tomatoes, olive oil, my favorite herbs, and spices and freezer items like peas and spinach, These are all long lasting foods that you can use a ton of different ways. On the produce side I always like to have onions, garlic, celery and carrots. With these on hand + my basic pantry items, I can literally make anything.
When I was younger, I never used to eat breakfast. A cup of tea and a slice of toast used to do the trick. No longer. I don’t feel right without it. Today I had a soft boiled egg, with a slice of buttered whole wheat sourdough toast, followed by a couple of diced fresh apricots topped with a couple of tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt. When its chilly, I swap this meal out for quinoa porridge or plain oatmeal mixed with fruit and topped with toasted nuts and Greek yogurt. With breakfast I drink green gunpowder tea, no milk or sugar. Then before I leave the house, I have a cup of my husband’s super strong black coffee.
Because I eat a good breakfast, I never snack during the morning. I do drink a lot of black tea during the day, or plain water, but never soda. I don’t like it. Too sweet and synthetic tasting.
Because I like to eat dinner with my husband, I usually have a light lunch. Depending on how I feel, this can either be a brothy soup like miso soup or chicken noodle, or something lo-cal and veggie heavy like vegetarian sushi, half a sandwich, or a veggie mini-quiche from the Greenmarket which I had today. Whatever I eat, I keep it small, as the choices available aren’t always the healthiest and I know I’ll be eating a big dinner.
Whatever I choose I always to go out for it. Getting out of the office for a change of scene is a good thing for the brain and the body. Like most of us I spend too much time sitting at the computer, so it literally does my body and soul good to get up and walk around for a while. There are a couple of great coffee places near our office, so after I’ve eaten, I may walk over to one of them for a shot of good espresso.
Again, I don’t snack in the afternoon. No need.
And home for dinner with my husband. At my house we eat dinner at the table every night, not on the couch in front of the TV. We both feel better eating this way. For dinner I bring on the veggies. Sometimes I’ll take a light protein, like grilled chicken breast, or some seafood, and eat it with a ton of veggies stir-fried or sautéed with herbs and spices. Or I’ll go completely veggie as I did tonight.
The Union Square Greenmarket is near to the CFYL office, and I often walk down there on my lunch hour. Today there was some beautiful looking Tuscan kale and beefsteak tomatoes, and I thought kale pasta – as in the spicy kale and almond pasta from the website! I love veggie heavy pastas made with greens like kale. At home we eat them half and half, as in half greens and half pasta. The best thing about this kind of dish, aside its being tasty and nutritious, is that it’s so quick. I can get it to the table in 30 minutes. Since I already had some whole wheat rigatoni pasta in my pantry, all I had to do was buy a bunch of kale, a couple of local tomatoes and some parsley and I was set. I also picked up a butter lettuce too. I like to follow dinner with a simple green salad European style. It was delicious. I’d bought fresh Jersey peaches at the market too, so we had one of those each as dessert, chased by a cup of mint tea. Then some TV and so to bed.
That’s how I break my daily bread.
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