Healthy relaxation

By Glauce Fleury

Not everyone is passionate about cooking. I wasn’t until three months ago. What I didn’t know is that we don’t need to cook fancy dishes to be inspired. We need to cook pretty (and healthy) dishes. Seriously.

Look at the kind of excuses I had my whole life for not cooking: “I don’t like my food,” “I’m not creative enough to cook,” “I work long hours every day and don’t have time to cook,” “It’s easier to eat outside.”

Pretty lame, eh?

After I went vegan, I felt the need to cook my own food. One reason was that, maybe for the very first time, I was concerned about what I was eating: “Is there dairy here?” “Did they add eggs?” “Is there enough iron?”

The second reason was that, even living in Vancouver — where the vegan community is growing fast and demanding grocery stores and restaurants to include vegan options among their products, it’s not always easy to be a customer.

Although most restaurants are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions, not all of them have vegan options on the menu. Likewise, not every store sells free-dairy or -egg products.

Depending on the place, the price can be an issue too. But with the money I’ve saved not buying meat (which is expensive and doesn’t taste great), I can buy my favourite vegan cheese and other products I like without spending more.

My point is, if you make the cooking process a moment of relaxation, besides saving money, you’ll end up enjoying to prepare your own meals — be they vegan or not.

I’ve dedicated to cooking the same care I do to other aspects of my life. But we don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen if time is a limitation. We can be simple and efficient, especially if we’re too tired.

A few days ago I had some freelancing work when I got home from my full-time job. I didn’t have time to cook a complete meal, so I quickly made a healthy avocado sandwichSimple, efficient and delicious.

If it sounds appealing, you can find below my (easy) recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 Mexican avocados (vitamins B and C | fibre)
  • 2 Medium tomatoes (vitamins C and A)
  • Half of a small onion (vitamin C)
  • Sea salt
  • Parsley (vitamin C and A)
  • Black pepper (iron | calcium | fibre)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Large leaf of kale (vitamins C and A | calcium)
  • A handful of pecan (magnesium | fibre | protein)

Directions 1

  1. Chop the tomatoes, the onions and the kale.
  2. Set them aside.

Directions 2

  1. In a bowl, mash the avocado with a fork.
  2. Add the tomatoes and mash them all together.
  3. Add the onion and keep mashing them.
  4. Add olive oil, then salt, parsley and the pepper.
  5. Stir everything.

Directions 3

  1. Decorate your plate with kale and pecan.
    NOTE: I added a bit of soy sauce, salt and olive oil here. But you can add whatever you like. Leave it in the fridge for 15 minutes so the taste gets perfect.
  2. Spread the mixture on your favourite bun.
    NOTE: Drink something healthy such as orange, cranberry juice or a light smoothie.

Serves: 1 person (so you can eat more!).

Photo credit: Glauce Fleury.

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7 thoughts on “Healthy relaxation

    1. Yes, I’m totally in love with cooking. It’s awesome to realize that it’s not only about eating healthy (which would be a great thing on its own). It’s relaxing and does help me connect with my self. I feel present while cooking (I guess I’ve read too much Eckhart Tolle lol).
      Any special reasons to stop eating meat?
      Also, we should exchange recipes 🙂

      Anyways, thanks for following us.

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      1. I would LOVE to exchange recipes. Lately I’ve been obsessed with Isa Does It. So many goooood recipes. I’m still exploring and learning. 🙂

        And I quit eating meat for the environment, health reasons, and to help the animals. My version of being a humanitarian, I guess. Haha.

        How long have you been vegan?

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    2. I’ve published some recipes here. They’re quite simple, since I don’t have much time to cook. You can take a look and let me know what you think 😀. What are your preferences?

      I hadn’t heard of Isa Does It. I guess it’s because I don’t check recipes so much. I’ve tried to experiment things myself, buying food I had never tried, mixing ingredients I had never mixed etc. It has worked 😊. I’ll check her recipes more carefully.

      As for me, I went vegan six months ago. Like I told you on your blog, it was a decision made overnight. I wrote about it: https://colouryourlife.info/2015/10/06/no-more-meat. A note: I said something like “I went vegetarian, one step closer to going vegan.” In fact, I did go vegan. Why did I write that? Because I was afraid of writing “I went vegan” and not being able to cut off cheese haha (I had already stopped drinking cow’s milk in 2004). I cut off meat and dairy right after watching What Cody Saw Will Change Your Life, as you know.
      Let’s keep talking! 🙂

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      1. I like cooking things that are simple and use every day ingredients. I don’t want to have to hunt all across town for a weird ingredient. Isa Does It uses typical pantry ingredients in fun ways. All her recipes are so flavorful! I’ll have to look through your recipes – I’m terrible at making my own recipes, but it’s something I’d like to work on in the future!

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