I'm only a week into my goal of eating more fruits and veggies and I'm already noticing a few differences in myself and in my kitchen:
- My cravings for processed food have decreased. Ever since we moved to Colorado, I've fallen into a trap of eating potato chips, crackers, cheese, candy. It's been a week since I've craved a sweet treat after dinner, which used to be a DAILY event.
- The number of TV dinners in my freezer have fallen to an all-time low. I've found it's just as easy to cut up some tomatoes & cucumbers and throw together a filling salad. If I'm craving a little more, I'll add some feta cheese and/or some protein, but I am continuing to focus on letting veggies and fruit take up the lion's share on my plate.
- The produce goes quickly. I just buy what I need for 1-2 days so I can have a little bit of everything. I also have my produce out on my kitchen counter so that my eye goes straight to the produce for cooking inspiration.
I've been restocking my pantry regularly, with a focus on the produce, so I thought I'd share what I currently have in my kitchen. I used to be a "cook strictly by recipe" person and I've found that I'm getting better at just throwing things together, based on flavor profiles, or classic pairings (tomatoes/basil, tomato/cucumber, bananas/strawberries, onion/cilantro/jalapeno, etc.)
Onions (red, yellow, Vidalia)
Nothing earth-shattering, I know. But I'm still proud of the fact that I have so much produce in my kitchen and even more important, I'm actively cooking with all of it...
I have other things in my pantry (quinoa, couscous, pasta, rice, flour, various oils and vinegars, etc.) but I'm not going to list those because the BIG change I've been focusing on with my pantry is making sure I've got lots of fresh flavors. I think I'm starting to wander into the world of whole foods with an unplanned (but delightful) outcome of less cooking. I like cooking elaborate meals now and again, but I'd really like to spend less time over a hot stove and more time doing other wonderful things like reading, scrapbooking, and exercising.
What about your pantry? Do you cook often? If so, what do you like to keep stocked in your kitchen so that you can throw something healthy together?