I don’t exactly favor cooking. Once my daughter went off to college several years ago, that was the first thing I declared I was giving up. Outside of entertaining, I never much enjoyed it. Thank goodness for change. Years later, I am reconsidering.
As the leader of a small nonprofit my days are often very long, my fitness plan is sometimes off and my eating schedule is questionable, except for breakfast. I always eat breakfast. That coupled with the fact that I am a picky eater and prefer a more vegetarian with fish diet than meat, although I enjoy eating meat, mostly chicken, when I do. One day, I realized that I was unnecessarily hungry seemingly quite frequently. A few weeks ago, I decided to do something about it. Something that would encourage me to cook more regularly, diversify my palette and improve my meal selections. This led me to sign up for Blue Apron, a food service that delivers three meals weekly of fresh ingredients and recipes right to my doorstep.
I recently completed my first week of meals, three delicious appropriately proportioned meals cooked in this order – Stir-Fried Ginger-Basil Chicken with Tinkerbell Peppers & Coconut Rice, Summer Ratatouille & Parmesan Polenta with Heirloom Eggplant & Garlic-Cheese Toasts, and Seared Salmon & Panzanella with Corn, Shishito Peppers & Thai Basil. I thought the Ginger-Basil Chicken was going to be my favorite as I really don’t care much for Salmon. Boy was I wrong. While all of the dishes were delightful, the Salmon & Panzanella was absolutely superb especially the Panzanella with its blend of corn, plum tomatoes, mouth-watering Castelvetrano Olives and other tasty ingredients. I was completely blown away by the simplicity and deliciousness of this dish.
The purpose in me sharing this, besides the fact that I made three appetizing meals, is to remind leaders everywhere of how important it is to be just as committed, even more so, to nourishing your body by eating diverse, healthy and tasteful meals every chance you get, as you are to your work. Both your taste buds and your stomach will love you for it.