Here at Green Mountain at Fox Run we talk about mindful eating, which is listening to your body before, during, and after eating.
Part of eating mindfully is cooking mindfully, thinking about what ingredients go into your food, and what flavors make you enjoy each bite. When you cook at home, whether it be alone or with friends and family, it creates a much more intimate relationship with the food you eat.
Enjoying the smells at each stage of cooking, tasting the flavors as they develop, you can put your personality into whatever meal you are creating.
Mindful Eating: Eating What We Want and Loving the Result
Health-supportive cooking can seem daunting even though there are many health benefits to mindful cooking at home.
You have full control of the ingredients in your meal so you can adjust to your mindful eating needs. Want to eat organic? You can. Love the flavor of garlic? Add a bit more.
No Foods Are Bad Foods (But Some May Be More Health-Supportive Than Others)
Cooking mindfully also gives you a better picture of what you are putting into your body, which can help you eat more mindfully.
Consider the foods that you enjoy eating and that make you feel good. This focus helps to build a better relationship with the food you cook and can help you have a more mindful approach to what you’re eating whenever you sit down at the table.
Start with this month’s recipes and make it your own when you begin cooking mindfully at home!
Grilled Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 burgers
1 pound ground turkey
1/8 cup diced onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons diced parsley
2 teaspoons thinly sliced scallions
1/4 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 large egg
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
4 hamburger buns, whole wheat or white (your preference)
Mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, if desired
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. (You can also use a stand mixer on low speed.)
- Preheat grill until thermometer on grill is at 400°.
- Make 4 equal-size patties.
- Grill for about 5 minutes, then flip and grill for 5 more minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165°.
- Serve with hamburger buns, lettuce, tomato, onions and condiments, if desired.
Makes 4 servings
2 cups broccoli florets
1/3 cup diced red peppers
1/4 cup julienned red onion
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup raisins
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon diced scallion
Salt & pepper to taste
- Combine broccoli, red peppers, red onion, walnuts, raisins and carrots in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine rice wine vinegar, honey, scallions, salt and pepper, then whisk in canola oil.
- Toss broccoli in dressing at least 12 hours in advance. This will allow the broccoli to soften