Get In Your Kitchen!
The best place to improve your health is in your own kitchen. That’s the first thing I tell people when we talk about lifestyle and diet change. You take control of what you can in order to better your health, and one of the ways to do that is through learning to prepare healthy food for yourself. Thoughtfully and consciously you make decisions about what you put into your body. Easier said than done, yes, but doable nonetheless!
So how do you begin?
Well, it involves study and experimentation – in the kitchen! And in order to really want to be in the kitchen, you must find enjoyment in it. So, first things first. How do you have fun in the kitchen if you don’t naturally enjoy cooking? Before anything else, look around in cookbooks or online to find a healthy recipe that you are really jazzed about – one that sounds and looks mouthwatering. Second, wear something comfortable, yet different and fun like an amusing apron or silly outfit. Next, play some music that you love or a book on tape, or even set up your laptop in the kitchen with a movie to watch while you cook. You could invite a partner or friend to keep you company with a glass of wine, or bring a child in to help – their approach to food and cooking is always inspiring.
Chef Aarti Sequeira
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with chef Aarti Sequeira. She is someone who really knows how to liven up a kitchen. You may know Aarti from her cooking show on The Food Network. Before winning that spot, she had a regular YouTube video series called Aarti Paarti. In the videos, chef Aarti would create wonderful and flavorful dishes while someone in the room was entertaining her. In other words, she was having FUN in her kitchen, all the while cooking for herself. She has come up with some terrific recipes. Here is one that sounds delightful.
Get in your kitchen!
Massaged Kale Salad
- 1 bunch kale (black kale is especially good), stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
- Small handful toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), about 2 rounded tablespoons
In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes. Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve.