2010 has begun and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has bounced to the top of my priorities after having been badly sidelined for the larger part of 2009. I have found several recipes for delicious salads, but what I have trouble with is making time to prepare them. They are not overly time consuming, but they do take longer than nuking a frozen parata or burger. Eating healthy for me is about stocking my fridge with lots of vegetables, and taking the time to cook them. I've conquered the first part of that mission, its the second part that becomes a challenge when I'm working like a fiend and don't stop to prepare lunch or be organized enough to have prepared it in advance for myself.
I'm going to challenge myself this year to prepare my lunches in advance, portion control them, and know what I'm going to eat ahead of time. This is in hopes of preventing that old masochistic routine of scrouging around in the fridge or pantry and shoving random bad processed food into my mouth. I know that working from home has not helped my eating habits, so I need to have a strategy to cope with the easy access to food and try to institute rules for myself to help control the kind of food I'm putting in my body.
Grilling vegetables is a delicious way to eat healthy, cut up pretty much any vegetable you have on hand at home and throw them on the tawa -- hot griddle. I personally love the way zucchini and mushroom grill. I've also used green peppers, and tomatoes (which kind of stick to the grill). Fruits that also grill well include apples, papaya, pear, firm peaches, and pineapple. Sprinkle some salt, and chat masala powder on them (available at any indian grocery store), toss them before serving in some lemon juice and garnish with chopped cilantro and mint. I recommend keeping the grilled on a fairly high heat, as you are aiming to pretty much sear the vegetables, without over cooking them. They should be taken off the heat when they are al dente.
The fresh flavours will tempt your tastebuds, and satisfy your hunger. Eat a bowl of this and you won't even crave the carbohydrates. I've taken to making these as an afternoon snack, right around 5:30pm when you're really likely to abuse the processed foods.
The picture above has zucchini, mushroom, and golden delicious apples, garnished as I have described above.