The first time I read that quote by Michael Pollan, I was in high school. I was taking a summer course in Nutrition at a local community college. It struck a chord because it so perfectly summed up the “secret” to good health (with the appropriate exercise added into the mix as well obviously.) It’s no-nonsense simplicity really aligns with my ideals, and it’s backed up by tons of credible scientific research.
I am not a registered dietician or a nutritionist though I’ve studied it extensively out of personal fascination. None of this is advice, below I’ve simply collected my favorite recipes to share with you, as well as some of my own practices in the kitchen. I’ll probably pop back in and periodically add and update the list. Share your favorite recipes in the comments if you feel inclined!
Store-bought bread is full of preservatives to make it shelf-stable long enough to be shipped to your store and beyond, and is usually wrapped in plastic. I like to make my own whenever possible!
My husband is more frequently the cook, and I’m the baker. Many of our go-to meals are Asian inspired dishes because you can load them up with veggies, they’re dairy-free, and if you happen to want to add meat, it’s usually pretty easy to marinade up a little venison to add on the side. We do them over rice or noodles, depending on the night. I usually take the leftovers (if there are any😂) to work with me for my lunch.
Desserts & Treats -
Nothing wrong with sweet treats in moderation. Better to have a fully decadent real food treat than a super processed or “low-fat” lookalike. Just stick with small portions. I make up a batch of cookie dough, ball it up, and freeze them. I put the date made, type of cookie, and baking instructions in with it. Then when we’re ready for dessert, it’s easy to pull out & bake just 2-4 cookie dough balls at a time to bake. The big bonus is that they’re always fresh & warm!