I may have found my niche!
I was seriously struggling with blogging until I shared a recipe in my last post, and talked a little about how changing my diet has been beneficial to my health. I so enjoyed that. I love cooking, photographing food, and the whole enchilada (no pun intended). Since living with chronic illness for over thirty years, and dealing on a constant basis with extreme food sensitivities, it’s just second nature for me to talk about food and health in the same sentence.
So, I expect a lot of my future posts will be food and health related. I totally understand the subject may not be of interest to all of my regular readers, but I hope some of you will stick around and share your healthy living tips with me.
Food is a gift from God.
Then God said, Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; Genesis 1:29
And later, after the Flood, God adds animals: Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Genesis 9:3
The beauty, color, and variety of the food we have been blessed with absolutely boggles the mind. God is incredibly creative!
If your food budget is small, as mine is, with a little thought about color and presentation simple foods can look, smell, and taste divine. After all, we eat with our eyes first!
I used to believe that I couldn’t “afford” to eat healthy. Now I know I can’t “afford” not to! Since cutting out fast food, prepackaged convenience foods, soft drinks and other sugary concoctions, I realize I can do very well on my small budget.
In future posts I’ll write even more about eating healthy for less.
I love, love, love salads. Even in winter. During the colder months I rely on more seasonal produce like cabbage, kale, turnips, beets, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, citrus fruit, etc. By doing that it affords me the joy of buying organic spring mix when it’s on sale, out-of-season frozen veggies, and grass-fed meat.
There is always something in my fridge and pantry that I can throw together to create a salad. I don’t waste money on premade salad dressings. I can whisk together a delicious and cost effective dressing in only a few minutes with a minimum of pantry staples. I like knowing what is actually in my food, and by making my own dressings, is one way I can be assured of eating good oils and other wholesome ingredients.
Following are the recipes for one of my favorite salads and dressing; Nutty Cran-Apple Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing. This salad is very versatile, you can replace many of my ingredients with your favorites; raisins for cranberries, almonds or walnuts for the pecans, yellow or green onions for the red, any kind of greens and cheese you might have on hand, you can even use tuna in place of the chicken if you prefer.
Whatever you do, give thanks for your salad, be creative, have fun with it, and enjoy that feeling of eating something beautiful and healthy, even if it’s snowing outside.
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I added my post to Beverly’s fun Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.