It’s really not that hard. Eating whole and healthy food can be just as simple as making a box of macaroni and cheese. And creating cuisine that loves, nourishes and heals the body elevates mealtime to a whole new level. It’s a spiritual endeavor that connects us to our bodies, our environment and to Spirit.
I was reminded, yet again, as I prepared for Friday night festivities that what we consider as party food is simply a cultural norm driven by marketing. We THINK our kids want pizza, chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, but really, they will eat what we fix. (Because kids are busy, hungry and inherently happy.)
I made this pot of gold at 3:30 in the afternoon so that the kids could grab a plate before they ran out the door to attend to ninja moves, soccer balls and fairy dust. And though we joined family and friends in a smorgasbord of everyone’s favorite, by the end of the evening, this simple sauté was gone.
And while I love leftovers, I’m even more pleased that my kids have come to appreciate this as normal food. Yes, they swiped a piece of the neighbors pizza and some of my sisters baked Chik’N nuggets (vegan), but they also ate what I brought and complimented me on the flavor.
But I didn’t take a lot of credit on the flavor because it came in the food. All I did was chop and heat. Of course there was tons of fresh garlic and some sea salt involved, but mostly, it was just beautiful food.
Note: I left about 1/3 of this on the stove, just hoping my teenage athlete would come home from his game and choose to eat it. And he did. All of it. Not even a bite was left.
In the skillet was one pound of red and yellow fingerling potatoes, a “thing” of dark purple asparagus, a leek, a carrot and grape tomatoes. I chopped about 6 cloves of garlic, poured about 2 cups of water (oil and sauté are not synonymous) and seasoned with sea salt, a bit of thyme and paprika. I also dumped in two chopped Tofurkey beer brats, as it made it more party friendly, but I picked mine out. Add any meat substitute if you want, but it’s not necessary. I cooked it until the potatoes were soft (I chopped them small, so it was done in less than 15 minutes.)