Friday, March 28, 2014

Keep it simple

If you don't have much time to fix dinner, keep it simple in your kitchen. 
I often say that you don't need fancy tools to make a healthy and tasty meal. A good knife and 2 cutting boards, one for the meat only, a good sauce pan and a skillet and you are all set!
Of course, now you need healthy ingredients. When doing your groceries, again keep it simple. 
Buy fresh vegetables and fruits. For the meat, if you buy certified organic meat, you will notice the difference. Unlike natural and other eco-label claims, only organic offers government-backed assurance that products are grown and processed without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. 
I know, organic is more expensive. But look at it this way: if you skip buying the things you don't really need, (juices, chips, sauce already made, the unhealthy breakfast cereals loaded with sugar, the yogurt that have 22 gr of sugar, but still low fat, etc...), you really save enough to buy organic. 
By buying less pre made food and more healthy whole food, I save a good amount of money. It is amazing how many products you can find in stores that you don't even need. 
So with those savings, I can afford to buy organic vegetables more often and so will you.

Now that we have all these great and healthy ingredients, let's make dinner. 
Yesterday, I made some sautéed turkey cutlets with shallots and spinach and a purée with sweet potato and carrots. Then we had goat cheese on crackers.

Cut out a sweet potato, 2 carrots and 2 garlic cloves. Boil until cooked. Keep the water to make a soup later. Mash the ingredients together and add some butter, salt and pepper. I like to add fresh parsley on the top.

Cut in small cubes 2 turkey cutlets and make sure the meat is well dried before placing it in a saucepan. When the meat is well dry, it is easier to obtain that nice brown color. I like to add some fresh garlic and shallots in the saucepan. Shallots will give a subtle smoky taste. 
Leave it until it is well browned. This should take about 5 minutes. Only then stir the meat, adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper and let it cook about 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat and let the meat rest for few minutes before serving.

Now chese time. 
Crumble 4 oz of fresh goat cheese in a bowl. Combine the following:
1/4 of red bell pepper sliced in very fine cubes
1 teaspoon of chives (dried or fresh if you are lucky to have some), 
1 teaspoon of fresh parsley 
1 teaspoon of fresh basil
1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt - pepper

I sprinkle this with tomatoes, lettuce, even pasta. Otherwise with crackers, it is delicious.

Enjoy your week end,