So, today is National Food Day! What better way to celebrate a Tasty Tuesday here on Scribbles & Sustenance?
I’ve only just heard of this today, but National Food Day was actually initiated in 2011. This grassroots movement is trying to urge people into eating better, more sustainable foods on a regular basis. That’s definitely something I can get on board with!
Making Better Food Choices
It can be hard to switch your overall eating lifestyle, especially if it’s a big switch. So many times it’s just easier, and usually cheaper too, to just swing through a drive-through and grab something on the way home from work.
I’ve heard it said over and over again, why does a value burger cost just around a dollar, while salads and other healthy foods are usually five times more? It’s ridiculous, if you ask me!
Our fast paced lifestyles also make quick-fix foods look very appealing in the grocery store. Frozen pizzas, microwave meals and instant soups can be ready to serve in no time at all. But they are usually highly processed and do little to nourish our bodies.
What To Do Instead
If there’s just no way to slow your pace, you might want to consider investing in a crock pot. This is, by far, the easiest way to have your meal ready and waiting on you when you get home. In some cases, you can even do more than one item.
There have been many times when I have cooked both meats and veggies in the same crock pot. I just put the veggies into a foil packet and place that on top of the meat. You can do just about any vegetable, but some of my favorites are potatoes or carrots. Just add your seasonings to the cut veggies, top with a dollop of butter and fold it up! Easy as pie!
You could also invest in a cook book that focuses on meals that are quick and easy to prepare. Or even take a class that focuses on quick meal prep. Yes, some things just take time and a heaping helping of love. But there are plenty of other foods that can be cooked quickly and still be just as tasty.
How I’m Celebrating National Food Day
Our menu for tonight is going to be whole grain pasta topped with a fresh tomato sauce made from scratch. It’s quick, it’s easy, and pasta dinners always satisfy the whole family. At least at my house.
You could do the same thing, but you might choose to add meat to your sauce. You could also add a fresh green salad. Any fresh veggies can be thrown in to make it even better. And don’t forget the pepper, which adds a great flavor.
If you like the flavor of garlic in your salad, I have a quick tip for that as well. Just take a smashed garlic clove and rub the inside of the bowl in which you’re going to mix the salad. By the time you’re done tossing everything together, the faint taste of garlic will be there.
How do YOU plan to celebrate National Food Day? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!