Lindsay Nixon, from Happy Herbivore is back, talking about simplicity. One of the reasons why we love Lindsay is that in both of her books, Happy Herbivore and Every Day Happy Herbivore she has lots of easy to make, simple meals.
Simplify Your Meals
When I was at HTLA (Healthy Taste of LA) , I had the good fortune of being seated next to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, whom I talked to for most of the day. One question I was dying to ask him was, “What’s your favorite meal?”
Knowing his wife is a fantastic cook, I couldn’t wait to hear his answer. When he said “potatoes and kale” I nearly fell out of my seat. I mean, yes, I like potatoes and kale too, but… that’s it? That’s it.
Colin is right, there is something beautiful about simplicity. I love a good, elaborate meal now and again, and even a slightly more complex meal pretty regularly, but I also like simpler fare. For the past few days I’ve been crazy for refried beans and salsa, mixed together and slapped into lettuce wraps. The week before that I was all about Rip’s fat-free hummus with various vegetables.
Anytime someone is new to a plant-based diet, and feeling overwhelmed about dinner time, I remind them that meals don’t have to be complex. Beans and salsa in a tortilla is a perfectly acceptable meal. Add in some smashed sweet potato, corn and greens – even better. Steamed vegetables over brown rice with a dab of soy sauce or miso is terrific, too. Then, of course, there is always potatoes and kale!! (I kid, I kid).
Seriously though – don’t be afraid to simplify your meals. I once had a bowl of kale, sweet potatoes and black beans and let me tell you, I felt amazing after eating it. In fact, that probably pinpoints a lot of our meals: greens, a grain (i.e. brown rice or quinoa) or starchy vegetable (i.e. sweet potato) and a protein (beans, lentils or tofu) and if I must, I tie it together with a flavorful sauce or gravy (if you own either of my cookbooks, you know what a glutton I am for sauces and gravies).
Have fun with simple meals – they can be surprisingly delicious!
Thank you Lindsay!
Do you have simple meal ideas? Share them with us in the comments and we’ll pick someone at random to win a copy of “Every Day Happy Herbivore“!